शूलेन ज्वलता तं तु स्मयमानोऽहनन्मृधे ॥ १७ ॥
śūlena jvalatā taṁ tu
smayamāno ’hanan mṛdhe
tasya — of Mātali; tat — that service (bringing the chariot before Indra); pūjayan — appreciating; karma — such service to the master; yantuḥ — of the chariot driver; dānava-sat-tamaḥ — the best of the demons, namely Jambhāsura; śūlena — by his trident; jvalatā — which was blazing fire; tam — Mātali; tu — indeed; smayamānaḥ — smiling; ahanat — struck; mṛdhe — in the battle.
Appreciating Mātali’s service, Jambhāsura, the best of the demons, smiled. Nonetheless, he struck Mātali in the battle with a trident of blazing fire.