- mathyamāne 'rṇave so 'drir
- anādhāro hy apo 'viśat
- dhriyamāṇo 'pi balibhir
- gauravāt pāṇḍu-nandana
mathyamāne—while the churning was going on; arṇave—in the ocean of milk; saḥ—that; adriḥ—hill; anādhāraḥ—without being supported by anything; hi—indeed; apaḥ—in the water; aviśat—drowned; dhriyamāṇaḥ—captured; api—although; balibhiḥ—by the powerful demigods and demons; gauravāt—from being very heavy; pāṇḍu-nandana—O son of Pāṇḍu (Mahārāja Parīkṣit).
O son of the Pāṇḍu dynasty, when Mandara Mountain was thus being used as a churning rod in the ocean of milk, it had no support, and therefore although held by the strong hands of the demigods and demons, it sank into the water.