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    सर्वा पूर्वमियं येषामासीत्कृत्स्ना वसुंधरा | प्रजापतिमुपादाय नृपाणां जयशालिनाम् ||१-५-१

    Formerly, this entire earth belonged to those victorious kings starting from Prajapati (Manu). [1-5-1]

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    येषां स सगरो नाम सागरो येन खानितः | षष्टिः पुत्रसहस्राणि यं यान्तं पर्यवारयन् ||१-५-२

    Among them a king named Sagara got the ocean dug and his sixty thousand sons surrounded him whenever he went (to battle). [1-5-2]

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    इक्ष्वाकूणामिदं तेषां रज्ञां वंशे महात्मनाम् | महदुत्पन्नमाख्यानं रामायणमिति श्रुतम् || १-५-३

    In the dynasty of such Ikshvaku kings this highly revered and reputed epic Ramayana is originated. [1-5-3]

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    तदिदं वर्तयिष्यावः सर्वं निखिलमादितः | धर्मकामार्थसहितं श्रोतव्यमनसूयया || १-५-४

    Being such a legend, we two wish to relate this Ramayana entirely and completely from the beginning, which is endowed with the values and means of probity, prosperity, and pleasure seeking... and this be listened without any caviling. [1-5-4]

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    कोसलो नाम मुदितः स्फीतो जनपदो महान् | निविष्टः सरयूतीरे प्रभूतधनधान्यवान् || १-५-५

    A great kingdom named Kosala, a joyous and a vast one well flourishing with wealth and cereals, is snugly situated on the riverbanks of Sarayu. [1-5-5]