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    नारदस्य तु तद्वाक्यं श्रुत्वा वाक्यविशारदः | पूजयामास धर्मात्मा सहशिष्यो महामुनिः || १-२-१

    Then, the great sage Valmiki, a skilled orator and a virtue-minded one, having heard those words of Narada, worshipped him along with disciples. [1-2-1]

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    यथावत्पूजितस्तेन देवर्षिर्नारदस्तथा | आपृच्छैवाभ्यनुज्ञातः स जगाम विहायसम् || १-२-२

    That divine sage Narada being worshipped befittingly by Valmiki in that way, on seeking permission of Valmiki to leave and having been permitted by Valmiki, went away heaven-ward. [1-2-2]

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    स मुहूर्तं गते तस्मिन्देवलोकं मुनिस्तदा | जगाम तमसातीरं जाह्नव्यास्त्वविदूरतः || १-२-३

    After Narada had gone to devaloka, sage Valmiki reached the bank of river Tamasa which is not very far from the Ganges. [1-2-3]

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    स तु तीरं समासाद्य तमसाया महामुनिः | शिष्यमाह स्थितं पार्श्वे दृष्ट्वा तीर्थमकर्दमम् || १-२-४

    The eminent sage Valmiki reached the bank of Tamasa and seen a descent into the river with pellucid waters, spoke to the disciple standing by the side. [1-2-4]

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    अकर्दममिदं तीर्थं भरद्वाज निशामय | रमणीयं प्रसन्नाम्बु सन्मनुष्यमनो यथा || १-२-५

    "O Bharadwaja, behold the beautiful and pleasant waters of this river. This holy spot is as clear and pure as the mind of a virtuous man. [1-2-5]