- manvantareṣu bhagavan
- yathā manv-ādayas tv ime
- yasmin karmaṇi ye yena
- niyuktās tad vadasva me
śrī-rājā uvāca—King Parīkṣit said; manvantareṣu—in the reign of each Manu; bhagavan—O great sage; yathā—as; manu-ādayaḥ—the Manus and others; tu—but; ime—these; yasmin—in which; karmaṇi—activities; ye—which persons; yena—by whom; niyuktāḥ—appointed; tat—that; vadasva—kindly describe; me—to me.
Mahārāja Parīkṣit inquired: O most opulent Śukadeva Gosvāmī, please explain to me how Manu and the others in each manvantara are engaged in their respective duties, and by whose order they are so engaged.