तपोविशङ्कितो ब्रह्मन्नारेभे तद्विघातनम् ॥ १५ ॥
saptame ’smin kilāntare
etat — this; purandaraḥ — Lord Indra; jñātvā — learning; saptame — in the seventh; asmin — this; kila — indeed; antare — reign of Manu; tapaḥ — of the austerities; viśaṅkitaḥ — becoming fearful; brahman — O brāhmaṇa Śaunaka; ārebhe — he set into motion; tat — of that austerity; vighātanam — obstruction.
O brāhmaṇa, during the seventh reign of Manu, the current age, Lord Indra came to know of Mārkaṇḍeya’s austerities and became fearful of his growing mystic potency. Thus he tried to impede the sage’s penance.