sa-ksmantariksam sa-divam sa-bha-ganam
trai-lokyam asit saha digbhir aplutam
sa eka evorvarito maha-munir
babhrama viksipya jata jadandha-vat
The water inundated the earth, outer space, heaven and the celestial region. Indeed, the entire expanse of the universe was flooded in all directions, and out of all its inhabitants only Markandeya remained. His matted hair scattered, the great sage wandered about alone in the water as if dumb and blind.