decorations done according to the rules of art.
All those mansions are decked with lapis lazuli and
corals, and made effulgent with the lustre of the
Arkasphatika, and the radiance of gem called Vajrasara.
And many of those palatial residences seem, as if,
they have been made of the shine of these gems called
Padmaragas, or of bright marble, or of excellent wood.
And they are also possessed of the radiance of the
sun, or blazing fire. And all the edifices, adorned
with gems and jewels, are very high and stand close
to another. Of spacious proportions and great
architectural beauty, it is impossible to say of what
material these mansions are built or to describe their
style of beauty. Indeed, they are exceedingly
beautiful in consequence of their decorations.
Behold these retreats of the Daityas for recreation
and sport, these beds of theirs for sleep, these costly
utensils of theirs set with precious stones, and these
seats also for their use. Behold these hills
of theirs, looking like clouds, those fountains of
water, these trees also that move of their own will
and that yield all fruits and flowers that one may
ask. See, O Matali, if any bridegroom may be
had here, acceptable to thee. If no one can be
found, we shalt, if thou likest, go hence to some other
part of the world.’ Thus addressed, Matali
answered Narada, saying, ’O celestial Rishi,
it behoveth me not to do anything that may be disagreeable
to dwellers of heaven. The gods and the Danavas,
though brothers, are ever at hostility with each other.
How can I, therefore, make an alliance with those
that are our enemies? Let us repair, therefore,
to some other place. It behoveth me not to search
among the Danavas. As regards thyself, I know
thy heart is ever set on fomenting quarrels.’”
“Narada said, ’This region belongeth to
the birds, all of whom possess excellent feathers.
They all subsist on snakes. They never feel any
fatigue in putting forth their prowess, or in making
journeys, or in bearing burthens. This race,
O charioteer, hath multiplied from the six sons of
Garuda. They are Sumukha, Sunaman, Sunetra, Suvarchas,
Suanch and that prince of birds called Suvala.
Born of Kasyapa’s line and enhancing the glory
of Vinata’s race, many winged creatures, the
foremost of their species, have by begetting children
founded and increased a thousand dynasties of birds,
all endued with nobility of blood. All these
creatures are endued with great prosperity, have the
auspicious whirl called Sreevatsa, possess great wealth,
and are inspired with great might. By their acts
they may be said to belong to the Kshatriya order,
but they are all without any compassion, subsisting
as they do on snakes. They never attain to spiritual
enlightenment in consequence of their preying on their
kinsmen. I will now enumerate the chiefs by their
names, listen to me, O Matali. This race is much
regarded in consequence of the favour that, is shown
to it by Vishnu. They all worship Vishnu, and
Vishnu is their protector. Vishnu always dwelleth
in their hearts, and Vishnu is their great refuge.
These then are their names—Suvarnachuda,
Nagasin Daruna, Chandatundaka, Anala, Vaisalaksha,
Kundalin, Pankajit, Vajraviskambha, Vainateya, Vamana,
Vatavega, Disachakshu, Nimisha, Animisha, Trirava,
Saptarava, Valmiki, Dipaka, Daityadwipa, Saridwipa,