sa ciram mayaya visnor
bhramitah karsito bhrsam
klesa-puñjas tam abravit
Markandeya, having been forced by Lord Visnu’s illusory energy to wander about for a long time in the water of dissolution, had become extremely exhausted. But Lord Siva’s words of nectar vanquished his accumulated suffering. Thus he addressed Lord Siva.
Markandeya Rsi had desired to see Lord Visnu’s illusory energy and had suffered extensive miseries. But now, in the person of Siva, Lord Visnu again appeared before the sage and relieved all his suffering by imparting blissful spiritual instructions.