वृत: पुरोहितस्त्वाष्ट्रो महेन्द्रायानुपृच्छते ।
नारायणाख्यं वर्माह तदिहैकमना: शृणु ॥ ३ ॥
vṛtaḥ purohitas tvāṣṭro
tad ihaika-manāḥ śṛṇu
śrī-bādarāyaṇiḥ uvāca — Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; vṛtaḥ — the chosen; purohitaḥ — priest; tvāṣṭraḥ — the son of Tvaṣṭā; mahendrāya — unto King Indra; anupṛcchate — after he (Indra) inquired; nārāyaṇa-ākhyam — named Nārāyaṇa-kavaca; varma — defensive armor made of a mantra; āha — he said; tat — that; iha — this; eka-manāḥ — with great attention; śṛṇu — hear from me.
Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: King Indra, the leader of the demigods, inquired about the armor known as Nārāyaṇa-kavaca from Viśvarūpa, who was engaged by the demigods as their priest. Please hear Viśvarūpa’s reply with great attention.