Chapter-3. Rshabhadeva's Appearance in the Womb of Merudevi, the Wife of King Nabhi :
In this chapter the spotless character of King Nabhi, the oldest son of
Agnidhra, is described. Wanting to have sons, King Nabhi underwent.
severe austerities and penances. He performed many sacrifices along with his
wife and worshiped Lord Vishnu, master of all sacrifices. Being very kind to His
devotees, the Supreme Personality of Godhead was very pleased with the
austerities of King Nabhi. He personally appeared before the King in His
four-handed feature, and the priests, who were performing the sacrifices,
began to offer their prayers unto Him. They prayed for a son like the Lord, and
Lord Viñëu agreed to take birth in the womb of Merudevé, the wife of King
Nabhi, and incarnate as King Rshabhadeva.
Sukadeva Maharishi continued to speak: Maharaja Nabhi, the son of
Agnidhra, wished to have sons, and therefore he attentively began to offer
prayers and worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Vishnu, the
master and enjoyer of all sacrifices. Maharaja Nabhi's wife, Merudevi, who had
not given birth to any children at that time, also worshiped Lord Vishnu along
with her husband.