Valleys between Mountains ||38||
1Suta said: I shall now describe the valleys of the southern quarter, frequented by the Siddhas. Listen to them in due order.
2-3In the midst of the leading mountain Sisira and Patanga, there is the charming forest of Udumbara.2 Its ground is gloriously smooth and polished. The creepers there embrace (twine round) the trees. It shines with huge trees with lofty tops. It is resorted to by the flocks of birds.
4The glittering forest shines with ripe fruits as big as great pitchers. They are ripe, coral-coloured, charming and full of honey.
5Siddhas, Yaksas, Gandharvas, Kinnaras, Serpents and jolly Vidyadharas subsist themselves perpetually on them.
6There, the rivers contain ample water, clear and sweet. There are lakes all round with tasty pure water.
7There is a charming hermitage of the holy lord Kardama Prajapati, where Devas live. All around, it is surrounded by forests of variegated colours. lt is circular extending to a hundred Yojanas.
8-11Between the mountains Tamravarna and Patanga, there is a highly sacred lake, a hundred Yojanas wide and two hundred Yojanas long. It is beautified with white lotuses as refulgent as the midday sun and full-blown red big lotuses with thousand petals. The water therein shines with sweet-smelling, blooming, red and blue lilies with the honeybees resting within. The lake is resorted to by Devas, Danavas and great serpents. It is decorated with clusters of blue lotus flowers.
12There is a country within, a hundred Yojanas long and thirty Yojanas wide. It is embellished with red minerals.
13-15There is a flourishing city with beautiful ramparts and high archways. It is teeming with men and women. The houses have turrets with stable sloping roofs studded diversely and separately with jewels. The grounds are paved with gemslabs of various colours. There are bed-coverings smooth and variegated. There are rows of mansions excellent and lofty. Such a beautiful city of Vidyadharas splendidly shines there.
16The famous lord of Vidyadharas, Puloman, is there. His dress and features are variegated. He wears garlands. His lustre resembles the splendour of Lord Indra.
17He is the emperor of thousands of resplendent Vidyadharas having the splendour comparable to the sun, wearing variegated dresses.
18-19Between the great mountain Visakha and Patanga, on the eastern bank of the lake Tamravarna is the famous mango grove. It is hit by the five arrows of the Cupid. The trees have splendid boughs. They shine in various colours, bearing fruits in all seasons. The grove is flourishing and prosperous.
20The fruits are golden in colour and very tasty. They are sweet-smelling and of the size of big pitchers. They spread their branches on all sides thickly.
21Gandharvas, Kinnaras, Yaksas, Nagas and Vidyadharas drink the sweet ambrosial juice of the mango fruits.
22The exhilarations of those who drink the mango juice merrily and are thus delighted and nourished, are heard in the great forest.
23-24O Brahmanas, between the lordly mountain Sumula and Vasudhara, there is a Bilvasthali, fifty Yojanas long and thirty Yojanas wide. It is a level land sweet-smelling and flourishing. It is lovely due to the presence of birds. It is pure. The trees bear fruits which are hanging very low.
25The soil on the ground is wet and damp with the shattering and shattered sweet Bilva fruits resembling coral (in colour) and comparatively large.
26Yaksas, Gandharvas, Kinnaras, Siddhas and Nagas mostly eating only the Bilva fruits, live in that natural region.
27-28In between Vasudhara and Ratnadhara is the beautiful fragrant forest of Kimsuka (Buteafrondosa) a hundred Yojanas long and thirty Yojanas wide, where the trees always bloom. With the rich growth of flowers, it seems to be blazing all round.
29By its divine fragrance the whole region is sweetened up to a hundred Yojanas in the forests all round.
30That beautiful forest KimSuka trees is resorted to by Siddhas, Caranas and Apsaras-s. It is bedecked with various watersheds.
31There is a great brilliant abode of lord Aditya there. Every month Prajapati Surya descends there.
32There, multitudes of Siddhas bow to the thousand-rayed excellent lord Sun who is honoured by all the worlds and who is the creator of Time.
33-34In between the mountains of Pancakuta and Kailasa is an impassable land, a hundred Yojanas long and thirty-six Yojanas wide. Small animals cannot live there. It is as white as a swan all round. No animal can cross it. It is awe-inspiring.
35Thus the valleys in the southern tract have been enumerated in due order, wholly. They are resorted to by the groups of Siddhas.
36O excellent Brahmanas! Now listen to the description of the valleys which are located on the west.
37In the central part between Suvaksa and Sikhisaila mountains, is a rocky and stony stretch of land extending to one hundred Yojanas on all sides.
38It is alway hot. People are afraid of touching that surface. It produces horripilation. It is inaccessible to creatures. It is terrible even to gods.
39In the central part of that rocky surface, the zone of which is thirty Yojanas, there is a terrible abode of the Fire-god where thousands of flames are thrown out.
40There the Fire-god is always burning without any fuel. He blazes there perpetually.
41That Samvartaka (the fire that ultimately destroys the world) blazes there eternally. As tutelary deity it receives its share in the sacrifice.
42Between the two great mountains there is an auspicious pond of Devas (Deva-vapi?). There is a tract (of land) often Yojanas known as Matulinga.
43That great region is wholly splendid with ripe fruits of golden lustre and juice sweet as honey.
44The holy hermitage of Brihaspati is there. It is resorted to by saints. It gives pleasure and fulfils desires.
45There is the valley between two great mountains Kumudaand Anjana. It is called Kesara and it covers.
46-47The forest shines with spotted and brindled flowers blooming in every season. These flowers are two Hastas (cubits) in length and three Hastas in girth. They have the colours of lunar rays. They are full-blown. They are resonant with the humming sounds of inebriated bees. They are charming and fragrant with honey, ghee and pollen-powder.
48The great resplendent temple of Vishnu, the leader of the Devas, is there. It is well-known in three worlds and respected by all.
49-50In the middle of the excellent mountains Krshna and Pandura, there is a single tract of smooth rocky land ninety Yojanas in length and thirty Yojanas in width. It is devoid of trees and creepers. There walking is easy and pleasurable because the surface is nowhere uneven.
51In the middle there is a charming grove of land-lotuses. It is decorated with full-blown lotuses of thousand petals of the size of huge umbrellas.
52-54That extensive grove of land-lotuses is frequented by Yaksas, Gandharvas, and resorted to by Siddhas and Garanas. Hovering round these flowers, the inebriated honeybees hum and buzz. Kinnaras with voices of sweet and choked throats sing the glory of the flowers. There are white lotuses of charming appearance, fragrant hundred-petalled lilies and full-blown flowers with blue petals.
55-57In the midst of that lotus-grove, there is a Nyagrodha tree extending over an area of five Yojanas. It has stout trunk and various steps of ascent (several branches). There, the glorious moon-lustred lord Vishnu is worshipped by Yaksas, Gandharvas and Vidyadharas. The lord has a thousand faces. He is the destroyer of the enemies of Devas. He wears blue clothes. His face resembles the full moon. He wears the garland of lotuses. He is blessed and ever victorious.
58In that abode the immortal Vishnu himself is worshipped by Siddhas and Caranas with different lotuses as presents.
59That place is known in all the world as the home of Ananta (Ananta-Sad as). It is brightened with garlands of lotuses and other flowers suspended there-in.
60-61In the central part of Sahasra-sikhara and Kumuda there is a peak, an arrow’s range high, fifty Yojanas long and thirty Yojanas wide. It is resorted to by various birds. It abounds in tall trees all round, dripping with honey and bearing fruits as big as an elephant. They are sweet-smelling and most delicious.
62The highly meritorious and well-known hermitage of Sukra of holy rites is there. It is resplendent and resorted to by multitudes of sages and gods.
63Between mountains Sankukuta and Vrsabha, there is a beautiful region of Parusaka (Grewia Asiatica?) which extends to many Yojanas.
64The ground is moistened with the fruits of Parusas fallen from their stalks. They are as big as Bilvas. They are auspicious, sweet and fragrant.
65Kinnaras, serpents and Saints live in that region. They are elated by the juice of Parusaka. The Caranas thereof are highly honoured.
66-67In the middle of Kapinjala and Naga mountains, there is a beautiful region two hundred Yojanas long and a hundred Yojanas wide. It is decorated with various forests and endowed with various flowers and fruits. It is resorted to by Kinnaras and Uragas (serpents).
68-70There are charming groves of grapes, Naga-leaves, Kharjuras, blue Asoka groves, tasty pomegranates, Aksotaka (walnuts), Atasi (linseed), Tilaka, gingelly seeds and plantain groves. There are small plots of tasty Badari fruits. They are auspicious regions brightened by rivers full of tasty, cool water.
71The ground between the mountains Puspaka and Mahamegha is a hundred Yojanas long and sixty Yojanas wide.
72That is a level land like the palm of the hand, firm, thick and white. It is devoid of trees, hedges, creepers and grass.
73It is devoid of animals too. It is a forest region, terrible and horripilating.
74There are great lakes, great trees, great forests all round.
75This region of lakes and forests is the abode of Prajapati. There is no end to the number of minor lakes there.
76The lakes, chasms, forests and regions are of various sizes—ten, twelve, seven, eight, twenty or thirty Yojanas.
77Some of them are dark and terrible. The caves of the mountains are never touched by the rays of the sun. They are always cold and inaccessible.
78O Excellent Brahmanas, there are lakes with hot water within the mountains, hundreds and thousands in number.