मन्वन्तरेषु भगवन्यथा मन्वादयस्त्विमे ।
यस्मिन्कर्मणि ये येन नियुक्तास्तद्वदस्व मे ॥ १ ॥
yathā manv-ādayas tv ime
yasmin karmaṇi ye yena
niyuktās tad vadasva me
śrī-rājā uvāca — King Parīkṣit said; manvantareṣu — in the reign of each Manu; bhagavan — O great sage; yathā — as; manu-ādayaḥ — the Manus and others; tu — but; ime — these; yasmin — in which; karmaṇi — activities; ye — which persons; yena — by whom; niyuktāḥ — appointed; tat — that; vadasva — kindly describe; me — to me.
Mahārāja Parīkṣit inquired: O most opulent Śukadeva Gosvāmī, please explain to me how Manu and the others in each manvantara are engaged in their respective duties, and by whose order they are so engaged.