- śrī-śuka uvāca
- ekadā tu mahā-nadyāṁ
- brahmākṣaram abhigṛṇāno
- muhūrta-trayam udakānta upaviveśa
śrī-śukaḥ uvāca—Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; ekadā—once upon a time; tu—but; mahā-nadyām—in the great river known as Gaṇḍakī; kṛta-abhiṣeka-naiyamika-avaśyakaḥ—having taken a bath after finishing the daily external duties such as passing stool and urine and brushing the teeth; brahma-akṣaram—the praṇava-mantra (oṁ); abhigṛṇānaḥ—chanting; muhūrta-trayam—for three minutes; udaka-ante—on the bank of the river; upaviveśa—he sat down.
Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued: My dear King, one day, after finishing his morning duties—evacuating, urinating and bathing—Mahārāja Bharata sat down on the bank of the River Gaṇḍakī for a few minutes and began chanting his mantra, beginning with oṁkāra.