informed of plight, He assured of making a plea with Siva for long
Leaving the lad with parents now death-proof, they left wishing him
Markandeya with redoubled zeal and unceasing efforts multiplied acts
Chanting 16Namassivaya even in sleep, reached the last
day of his life mighty.
Noting coming of last minute, parents, seated him at 17Sivalinga
for prayers Markandeya pursued an unswerving course for winning Him
by long prayers 18Yamadutas coming thereto taking
his life at the expiry of life's duration Were repelled by 19Tejas
uncommon emanating from him, in meditation.
the report and deciding to do his duty a 20Yama himself
But seeing him immersed in impenetrable 21Dhyana samadhi
Wishing to play his role in all sincerity, he threw his long potent
Alas! it went round Siva Linga, besides boy's neck sans his intent
the 'name of Lord Maheswar-the five lettered Panchakshari.
17) the Phallus worshipped as the emblem of Siva.
18) Servants of Yama.
20) God of Death.