- tatra caturdhā bhidyamānā caturbhir nāmabhiś catur-diśam abhispandantī
- nada-nadī-patim evābhiniviśati sītālakanandā cakṣur bhadreti
tatra—there (on top of Mount Meru); caturdhā—into four branches; bhidyamānā—being divided; caturbhiḥ—with four; nāmabhiḥ—names; catuḥ-diśam—the four directions (east, west, north and south); abhispandantī—profusely flowing; nada-nadī-patim—the reservoir of all great rivers (the ocean); eva—certainly; abhiniviśati—enters; sītā-alakanandā—Sītā and Alakanandā; cakṣuḥ—Cakṣu; bhadrā—Bhadrā; iti—known by these names.
On top of Mount Meru, the Ganges divides into four branches, each of which gushes in a different direction [east, west, north and south]. These branches, known by the names Sītā, Alakanandā, Cakṣu and Bhadrā, flow down to the ocean.