come. Then, O chief of Bharata’s race!
after the expiry of very many days, the mighty king
Sagara accepted the consecration for performing the
rites of a horse-sacrifice. And his horse began
to roam over the world, protected by his sons.
And when the horse reached the sea, waterless and frightful
to behold—although the horse was guarded
with very great care—it (suddenly) vanished
at the very spot (it stood upon). Then, O respected
sir! those same sons of Sagara imagined the same fine
horse to have been stolen; and returning to their
father, narrated how it had been stolen out of sight.
And thereupon he addressed them, saying, “Go
ye and search for the horse in all the cardinal points.”
Then, O great king, by this command of their father,
they began to search for the horse in the cardinal
points and throughout the whole surface of the earth.
But all those sons of Sagara, all mutually united,
could not find the horse, nor the person who had stolen
it. And coming back then, they with joined palms
thus addressed their father, (standing) before them,
“O Protector of men! O ruler of the earth!
O king! by thy command, the whole of this world with
its hills and its forest tracts, with its seas, and
its woods, and its islands, with its rivulets and
rivers and caves, hath been searched through by us.
But we cannot find either the horse, or the thief
who had stolen the same.” And hearing the
words, the same king became senseless with wrath,
and then told them all, carried away by Destiny, “Go
ye all, may ye never return! Search ye again for
the horse. Without that sacrificial horse, ye
must never return, my boys!”
“’And those same sons of Sagara, accepted
this command of their father, and once more began
to search through the entire world. Now these
heroes saw a rift on the surface of the earth.
And having reached this pit, the sons of Sagara began
to excavate it. And with spades and pickaxes they
went on digging the sea, making the utmost efforts.
And that same abode of Varuna (namely the ocean),
being thus, excavated by the united sons of Sagara
and rent and cut on all sides round, was placed in
a condition of the utmost distress. And the demons
and snakes and Rakshasas and various (other) animated
beings began to utter distressful cries, while being
killed by Sagara’s sons. And hundreds and
thousands of animated beings were beheld with severed
heads and separated trunks and with their skins and
bones and joints rent asunder and broken. Thus
they went on digging the ocean, which was the abode
of Varuna and an exceedingly long space of time expired
in this work, but still the horse was not found.
Then, O lord of earth! towards the north-eastern region
of the sea, the incensed sons of Sagara dug down as
far as the lower world, and there they beheld the
horse, roaming about on the surface of the ground.
And they saw the magnanimous Kapila, who looked like
a perfect mass of splendour. And having beheld
him shining with his brightness, just as the fire