इत्युक्त: स्वमभिप्रायं शशंसावनतो नृप: ॥ ३ ॥
prasannā varadāsmi te
ity uktaḥ svam abhiprāyaṁ
darśayām āsa — appeared; tam — unto him, King Bhagīratha; devī — mother Ganges; prasannā — being very much satisfied; varadā asmi — I shall bless with my benediction; te — unto you; iti uktaḥ — thus being addressed; svam — his own; abhiprāyam — desire; śaśaṁsa — explained; avanataḥ — very respectfully bowing down; nṛpaḥ — the King (Bhagīratha).
Thereafter, mother Ganges appeared before King Bhagīratha and said, “I am very much satisfied with your austerities and am now prepared to give you benedictions as you desire.” Being thus addressed by Gaṅgādevī, mother Ganges, the King bowed his head before her and explained his desire.
The King’s desire was to deliver his forefathers, who had been burnt to ashes because of disrespecting Kapila Muni.