- katham evaṁ guṇo deśaḥ
- kena vā bhagavan kṛtaḥ
- praśnam enaṁ samācakṣva
- paraṁ kautūhalaṁ hi naḥ
śrī-rājā uvāca—Mahārāja Parīkṣit said; katham—how; evam—this; guṇaḥ—quality; deśaḥ—the country; kena—why; vā—either; bhagavan—O most powerful; kṛtaḥ—it was so done; praśnam—question; enam—this; samācakṣva—just deliberate; param—very much; kautūhalam—eagerness; hi—indeed; naḥ—our.
Mahārāja Parīkṣit said: O most powerful brāhmaṇa, why was this place so empowered, and who made it so powerful? Kindly answer this question, for I am very eager to hear about this.