मांसमानीयतां मेध्यं विकुक्षे गच्छ मा चिरम् ॥ ६ ॥
ikṣvākuḥ sutam ādiśat
māṁsam ānīyatāṁ medhyaṁ
vikukṣe gaccha mā ciram
saḥ — that king (Mahārāja Ikṣvāku); ekadā — once upon a time; aṣṭakā-śrāddhe — during January, February and March, when offerings are made to the forefathers; ikṣvākuḥ — King Ikṣvāku; sutam — to his son; ādiśat — ordered; māṁsam — flesh; ānīyatām — bring here; medhyam — pure (obtained by hunting); vikukṣe — O Vikukṣi; gaccha — immediately go; mā ciram — without delay.
During the months of January, February and March, oblations offered to the forefathers are called aṣṭakā-śrāddha. The śrāddha ceremony is held during the dark fortnight of the month. When Mahārāja Ikṣvāku was performing his oblations in this ceremony, he ordered his son Vikukṣi to go immediately to the forest to bring some pure flesh.