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    The Skanda-Purana: (English Translation in 22 Volumes)

    The Skanda-Purana: (English Translation in 22 Volumes)

    Código del Artículo: IDF415

    por Dr. G.V. Tagare

    Hardcover (Edición: 2007)

    Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

    Tamaño: 8.8" X 5.4"
    Páginas: 7725
    Weight: 12 Kg

    Precio: Euro 377.34

    Descripción
    Publisher's note

    The purest gems lie hidden in the bottom of the ocean or in the depth of rocks. One has to dive into the ocean or delve into the rocks to find them out. Similarly truth lies concealed in the language which with the passage of time has become obsolete. Man has to learn that language before he discovers that truth.

    But he has neither the means nor the leisure to embark on that course. We have therefore planned to help him acquire knowledge by an easier course. We have started the series of Ancient indian tradition and mythology in English translation. Our goal to universalize knowledge through the most popular international medium of expression. The publication of the puranas in English translation is a step towards that goal.

    Introduction

    All religions be it islam Christianity or Hinduism lay great emphasis on the sanctity of certain places and enjoin pilgrimage to them. Large rivers mountains and forests have always been venerated as the abodes of gods.

    Ancient Sutras and old Smrtis like Manu and Yajnavalkya do not attach importance to Tirthas but the later literature on this branch of Dharmasastra is very extensive. The Mahabharata regards pilgrimage to Tirthas more meritorious than sacrifices.

    Hence it was natural that Puranas and digests on Tirthas vied with one another in glorifying their respective Tirthas. The Skanda Purana is not one book but a library of such Sthaal Puranas or Tirtha Mahatmyas. Hence its importance for researches in different disciplines.

    The great oriental scholar Dr. Jan Gonda has succinctly emphasized the importance of these sthala puranas in his Medieval religious literature in Sanskrit as follows.

    This genre of literature is not only very useful for deepening out knowledge of the cultural and religious history of india in general but also most valuable for those who want to reconstruct the development of regional history and local cults or to gain a deeper insight into various religious institutions for instance the recommendation of pilgrimage to poor people as a substitute for expensive sacrifice into beliefs and practices e.g. those who bathe here go to heaven and those who die here are not born again and in connection with the conviction in religious suicide and worship of the deceased and into the significance of holy places local variants of myths and legends and so on. They give information on topography.

    The Skp is thus a mine of social cultural political historical geographical religious and philosophical information.

    it need not however be supposed that the Skp or the Mbh underestimates the importance of moral purity. The Skp kasikhanda quotes Mbh vana 82.9-12 and exhorts the need of self control knowledge and penance for obtaining the full advantage of pilgrimage.

    The Skp is specially important as it covers practically the whole of india. Thus it describes the topography cultural traditions etc. of the Himalayan region of Uttara Pradesh Orissa (in Purusottama ksetra-mahat-mya) Malwa Rajasthan and a part of Gujarat western india along with Gujarat and south india. The Skp has thus covered the major part of india (except such states as maharashtra and Punjab). The authors of each of these Mahatmyas knew their respective regions like the palm of their hand and describe the topography of the area particular Tirtha its location legendary history its distance and directions from the main Tirtha. Naturally these Tirtha-mahata-myas came to be written at different times by different authors. Hence the criticism or evaluation of a particular Khanda should not be regarded as applicable to the whole of the Skp thus the ignorance about the beginning of the kali age or the dates of Vikramaditya Saka, Pramati etc. in Kaumarkakahanda should be attributed to the author of that particular khanda and not to authors of other parts. Similarly the author of the Kasikhanda does not mean that the whole of the Skp is of that poetic standard. The general literary standard of other authors however is certainly high.

    This Purana is called Skanda according to the NP 104.2-4 Vyasa this Purana Skanda and described it as consisting of a hundred thousand verses and all the rites and rituals regarding Siva have been revealed by Skanda.

    The Skp in the concluding (44th) Adhyaya of the last Khanda informs us.

    This skanda Purana was formerly disclosed by Kumara (skanda).

    This Purana contributing to longevity and pleasing to the people of four Varnas was certainly created by the greatsouled Skanda.

    in the traditional list of Mahapuranas the Skp holds the thirteenth rank but in its extent in number of verses it is the first.

    The Skp is found in two versions or forms (1)Khandas and (2) Samhitas the Samhitas are six in number viz ,(a) Sanatkumara (b) Suta (c) Sankari (d) Vaisnavi (e) Brahmi and (f) Saura the total number of verses in these Samhitas is one hundred thousand.

    But the NP recognizes the Khanda version. The Skp has the following seven khandas.

    (1) Mahesvara (2) Vaisnava (3) Brahma (4) Kasi (5) Avanti (6) Nagara and (7) Prabhasa the NP 104.3 states that the Skp contains 81,000 verses a figure confirmed by the Skp in the colophon of each Adhyaya. The Mtp 53.41-42 the Vap 104 and the Bhp 12,13 give 81,000 as the number of its verses. But the AP 272.17 states that the Skp has 84,000 verses a view confirmed by the Skp.

    The Venkateshwar Press edition of the Skp which we translate contains 94313 verses. The incidents mentioned in this Purana took place in the Tatpurusa Kalpa.

    There are four editions of this Khanda type of Skp (1) the Venkateshwar Press (VP) (2) Bangavasi (BV) (3) Naval Kishore Press Lucknow and (4) the Gurumandala (GM) edition but these editions vary in their contents for ecample the catruastiti linga mahatmya in Part i of the Avanti Khanda is not found in the Lucknow edition. in Part ii of the Avanti Khanda some 110 chapters differ considerably from those in the VP edition. The GM includes the spurious Satya Narayana mahatmya in the Reva khanda but it is not found in the VP Edition.

    The Skp Vii states that the entire Purana was narrated formerly by Skanda to Bhrgu. Angiras got it from Bhrgu Cyavana got it from Angiras Reika got if from Cyavana. it is thus traditionally handed down. The Purana is silent as to how it came up to suta through Vyasa. The rest of that last chapter of the Skp is Phalasruti.

    The present text of the Sky is somewhat different from that of the 11th cent. A.D. Some of the verses then existing in the Skp and quoted as such by Laksmidhara in the Kalpataru (A.D. 1110) are not found in the present day text of the Sky. For example, in the Kalpataru on Tirtha (pp. 36-3 some 19 verses are quoted from the Sky, but they are untraced in the present text of the SkP, though they are found in LP 92.120-142. in the Kalpataru on p. 44 three verses are quoted from the Sky but are not found in our Sky text, though they are traced in the Ly 92.97-99

    There is thus an urgent necessity of preparing a critical edition of the Skanda Purana. I have, however, followed here the VP edition.

    The position of the Skp as a Mahapuraa is not disputed by anyone. But the very nature of Sky being a library of Ksetra and other Mahatamyas, is basically different from other Puraias, say the VP or the Bhp. Hence we should not stretch the Sky on the Procrustean bed of puranam paica1akca- zam. in fact (as observed by A.D. Pusalkar in Studies in Epics and Puratnas, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bombay) the paflca laksatzas are observed in their breach by a number of Puranas except the VP. The Sky not being one book, is not expected to follow the five laksanas. it is true that many books in the Sky share the Puranic ideas about Sarga, Pratisarga, Manvantara, but the lakksanas Vamsa and Vansabycarita are totally absent except a few unconnected semi-historical references in the Kaumarikaichanda and Brahmakhanda (see infra, the section on "Semi-historical References in the Skanda Puraa").

    As society in Puranic india is of utmost importance and interest, let us first see society as depicted in the Sky. Like other Puranas, the Sky nostalgically remembers the ideal social condition in the Krta Age-a classless society, free provision of shelter, food, clothes and ornaments by trees, absence of the concept of Adharma etc. the evolution of varnas like Ksatriyas and the introduction of the performance of sacrifices appeared in treta Yuga.

    But as P.V. Kane Points out Varna is not jati or caste Jati has the following characteristics.

    (1) Heredity caste is assigned by birth

    (2) Endogamy and Exogamy

    (3) Certain restrictions as to food (what food is to be taken from whom etc.)

    (4) Occupation A particular caste is to follow a particular occupation.

    (5) Gradation of castes on a social scale jati thus lays special emphasis on birth or heredity, while Varna emphasized duties.

    But Brahmana ksatriya vaisaya and sudra are equally important parts of the body of the Purusa. it thus represents the organic nature of the Hindu Society.

    The Skp strongly asserts equality between man and man.

    Humanity being the common factor who is low and who is high? Asks Skp iV if four sons are born from the same person from the same woman how can they belong to four different varpas. The distinction between one varna and another does not hold water. Hence nobody should every regard that there is difference between man and man like Sankara Vedanta the Skp also espoused elsewhere the stand of equality. Listing the created castes god Brahmi asserts the equality of these casters to Narada all those subjects are born from parts of my body and hence are equal.

    This equality is voiced in other Puranas as well e.g. all varnas are born of the person the respetive duties of Brahamanas Ksatriyas, vaisyas and Sutras are based on old Smrtis like Manu Yajnavalkya. But even brahamanas took to different vocations like agriculture medical profession begging at forbidden houses and became degraded. it resulted in the creation of eleven castes among brahmanas who neither dine dor marry inter.

    Contents

    Part I


    Publisher's Note

    Editorial v

    Abbreviations vii

    Introduction xi

    Skanda Purana
    Book I: Mahesvarakhanda
    Section I: Kedarkhanda

    1 Daksa's insolence 1
    2 Satys Arrival at Daksa's Sacrifice7
    3 Virabhadra Comes to the Yajna13
    4 A Fight between Vibhadra and Visnu and Others20
    5 Meritoriousness of Devotion to Siva 26
    6 Curse to Brahma and Others 42
    7Worship of the Linga 47
    8The Story of a Thief: incarnation of Rama 53
    9The Churning of the Ocean 64
    10Siva Swallows the Poison 74
    11Procedure to Ganesa Worship: Manifestation of Laksmi 82
    12 Devas Taste the Divine Nectar 90
    13 The Fight between Devas and Asuras 96
    14 Resuscitation of Dead Daityas 106
    15Nahusa and Yayati: Their indrahood and Fall 109
    16 Dadhicys Gift of His Body 118
    17Vrtra Killed: Bali Prepares for War 126
    18Vamana's Arrival Balys Sacrifice 151
    19Sukra Curses Bali: Vamana Grants Boon to Bali 169
    20 The Nirunatva of the Siva Linga: The Manifestation of Bhavani 176
    21Parvatys Penance 181
    22Sankara's Revelation of Himself to Parvati: Their Dialogue196
    23Siva's Marriage207
    24The Marriage Ceremony of Siva: The Arrangement for Accommodating Devas and Others 214
    25The Marriage Ritual 220
    26The Marriage Celebration of Siva and Parvati: Auspicious Festivities227
    27The Birth of Kumara Karttikeya 232
    28Preparations of Devas and Daityas for War 242
    29The Battle Between Suras and Taraka 247
    30Taraka is Slain 254
    31The Greatness of Sivalinga 258
    32The Burning of Kala 268
    33The Greatness of Sivaratri Vrata 277
    34Siva Loses to Parvati in a Game of Dice 287
    35Parvati as Sabari Brings Back Siva: Siva's Coronation 301

    Index 307

    Part II


    Publisher's Note v

    Editorial vii

    Abbreviations xv

    Skanda Purana
    Book I: Mahesvarakhanda
    Section II: Kaumarikakhanda

    1Redemption of Five Apsaras by Arjuna 1
    2 Glorification of Holy Places 10
    3Greatness of the Tirtha at the Confluence of Mahi and Sea 21
    4Dialogue between Narada and Arjuna: Different Kinds of Charitable Gifts 29
    5Dialogue between Narada and Sutanu 38
    6Narada Settles Brahmanas at the Holy Spot 51
    7 Nadijangha's Story 64
    8 Prakarakarna's Story 74
    9 The Vulture's Story 81
    10 Revival of indradyumna's Renown 86
    11The Previous Births of the Tortoise 90
    12Great Efficacy of the Worship of Siva: The Story of Sage Lomasa 95
    13 Satarudriya Lingas 101
    14The Legend of Vajranga 122
    15The Birth of the Asura Taraka 130
    16Taraka and Devendra Prepare for War 136
    17The Fight between Yama and Grasana 143
    18The Battle between the Armies of Taraka and the Devas 148
    19The Battle between Visnu and Kalanemi 155
    20Visnu Fights with Daityas 161
    21Taraka's Victory in the Battle 169
    22The Birth of Parvati 193
    23Himavan Consoled 199
    24Kama is Burned 204
    25 Mahadeva Meets Parvati: Eagerness for Marriage with Parvati 208
    26The Marriage of Hara and Gauri Celebrated 220
    27 Parvati Enraged: The Origin of Ganesa227
    28Parvati Goes to the Mountain for Penance234
    29Kumara Becomes Commander-in-chief of the Deva Army: (i) Legend of Arbuda 236
    30Skanda installed as the Commander-in-chief254
    31 Kumara's March against the City of Tarakasura 260
    32 Taraka is Slain 264
    33 The Greatness of Lingas installed by Kumara 278
    34 The Greatness of Kumaresa 284
    35Greatness of Stambhesvara 294
    36Description of the Five Lingas Concluded 295
    37 Bhuvanakosa: Evolution of the Universe: Description of Dvipas or Continents 301
    38The Position of the Higher World 309
    39The Greatness of Barkaresvara 315
    40The Birth of Mahakala: The Arrangement of Four Yugas 335
    41 Kinds of Sins; Procedure of Siva Worship; Rules of Good Conduct 361
    42The Story of Brahmana Aitareya 378
    43Establishment of Bhattaditya 401
    44Description of the Divyas (Ordeals) 410
    45The Story of Nandabhadra 418
    46 Events Connected with Baladitya 430
    47Installation of Goddesses at Bahudaka Tirtha 444
    48The Description of Somanatha 453
    49Dialogue between Kamatha and the Sun-god 456
    50 Human body-A Miniature Cosmos: Departure of the Soul to the Next World 462
    51The Greatness of Jayaditya 470
    52The Story of Kotitirtha 478
    53Greatness of Tripurusasala and the Glory of Narada's Lake482
    54The Glory of idol Lake486
    55The Characteristics of Yoga 491
    56Brahmesvara, Moksesvara and Garbhesvara505
    57The Glory of Nilakantha506
    58End of Arjuna's Pilgrimage507
    59The Departure of Ghatotkaca to Pragjyotisa513
    60The Birth of Barbarika519
    61The Liturgy of Ganesvara525
    62 The Practice of Mahavidya 531
    63Vikaya's Accomplishment of Siddhi 538
    64 The Greatness of Bhimesvara 545
    65Disagreement between Bhima and Yudhisthira: installation of Kalesvari551
    66Krsna beheads Barbarika: Greatness of Guptaksetra Concluded562

    Index575

    Part III


    Publisher's Note v

    Editorial vii

    Abbreviations xi

    Skanda Purana
    Book I: Mahesvarakhanda
    Section II: Arunacalamahatamya

    1The Manifestation of the Taijasa Linga-Arunacala 1
    2Greatness of immovable Linga of Sankara 8
    3 Parvati Goes to Kanci for Penance 13
    4Parvati Goes to the Hermitage of Gautama19
    5The Greatness of Brahmapuskara25
    6 Description of Various Holy Places at Aruncala31
    7 Different Tirthas on Arunacala43
    8The Propitiation of Arunesvara 47
    9The Efficacy of the Circumambulation of Arunesvara54
    10 The Fight with Mahisasura65
    11 Mahisasura Slain: His Head Stuck to Gaurys Hand74
    12 The Reunion of the Goddess with Siva82
    13Granting of Boons to Parvati 90

    UTTARADHA

    1 Introduction: Markandeya's Query 95
    2 A List of Different Sacred Places of Siva on the Earth97
    3Markandeya's Further Query 106
    4The Greatness of Arunacala 108
    5 Rewards and Punishments Resulting from Previous Karmas 113
    6 Expiatory Rites 116
    7Holy Rites for Special Attainments 120
    8 The Description of Creation 125
    9 Dispute between Brahma and Visnu127
    10 Manisfestation of the Fiery Linga131
    11Visnu's Exploration of the Top of the Column of Splendour133
    12Brahma's Requests the Ketaka Bunch to Perjure136
    13Brahma Requests the Ketaka Bunch to Perjure138
    14Manisfestation of Sankara140
    15 Brahma Prepares to Eulogize Siva143
    16 Description of the Temple of Arunacala by Brahma and Visnu145
    17 The Sports of Siva and Parvati151
    18 Parvatys Devotional Service to Arunacalesvara154
    19 Demon Mahisa Slain by Durga161
    20Parvatys Eulogy of the Lord of Arunacala168
    21Siva Praises Parvati 171
    22The Story of Vajrangada 175
    23 The Story of Kaladhara and Kantisali180
    24 Vajrangada Attains Salvation 181

    Index 187

    Part IV


    Publisher's Note v

    Editorial vii

    Abbreviations xi

    Skanda Purana
    Book II: Vaishnavakhanda
    Section I: Venkatcala Mahatmya

    1Narada's Vision of Yajnavaraha 1
    2Propitation of Sri Varaha by Mantras 13
    3 Manifestation of the Lord to the Eyes of Everyone at the Request of Agastya16
    4 Narada Approaches Padmavati 20
    5 Srinivasa Enchanted on Seeing Padmavati25
    6 Marks of Visnu's Devotee 31
    7 Preparations for the Marriage of Padmalaya38
    8 The Marriage of Srinivasa and Padmavati44
    9The Story of Hunter Vasu: The Greatness of Padmasaras 48
    10The Story of Emperor Tondaman59
    11Kasyapa Absolved of Sins69
    12 The Greatness of Svamipuskarini76
    13 The Greatness of Svamipuskarini81
    14 The Greatness of Svamipuskarini86
    15 The Greatness of Ramakrsna Tirtha90
    16 The Merit of Making a Gift of Water92
    17The Greatness of Venkatacala96
    18The Glory of Sri Venkatacala99
    19The Greatness of Papavinasana Tirtha102
    20 Merit from Gift of Lands111
    21 The Greatness of Akasaganga119
    22Qualifications of Those Who Are Fit to Receive Charitable Gifts125
    23Great Efficacy of Cakratirtha 131
    24The Episode of the Gandharva Sundara135
    25The Greatness of Jabalitirtha 139
    26 The Greatness of Tumburu (Ghona) Tirtha143
    27Sri Venkatacala Contains All the Tirthas152
    28In Praise of Kataha Tirtha158
    29 Arjuna Proceeds on a Pilgrimage166
    30Description of the Hermitage of Bharadvaja171
    31 Agastya's Departure to the South176
    32The Birth of Suvarnamukhari180
    33The Efficacy of Suvarnamukhari186
    34The Miraculous Power of Agastya Tirtha and Agasteyesvara 193
    35The Confluence of Kalya with Suvarnamukhari198
    36Glorification of the Boar incarnation (of Visnu) 204
    37The Arrival of Sankha, Agastya and Others at Sri Ventakacala 209
    38Manifestation of Lord Visnu to Agastya and others 214
    39Anjana's Penance for Getting a Son222
    40 The Proper Times for Sacred bath in Viyadganga 226

    Index 229

    Part V


    Publisher's Note v

    Editorial vii

    Abbreviations xiii

    Skanda Purana
    Book II: Vaishnavakhanda
    Section II: Purusottama-ksetra Mahatmya

    1A Dialogue between Jaimini and the Sages 1
    2Yama's Prayer 5
    3 Story of Markandeya and the Greatness of Yamesvara9
    4The Redemption of Pudarika and Ambarisa 14
    5Pundarika and Ambarisa Attains Salvation 22
    6 Description of the Land of Utkala 29
    7The Story of indradyumna 31
    8The Messenger Vidyapati Returns 39
    9Vidyapati Reports to indradyumna45
    10Dialogue between Narada and indradyumna50
    11Dialogue between Narada and indradyumna (Continued) 60
    12 Description of the Holy Place Ekamravana (Bhuvanesvara) 72
    13The Greatness of Kapotesa and Bilvesvara82
    14Narada Consoles indradyumna and Urges Him to Perform Horse-sacrifices 85
    15Indradyumna's Grief Dispelled: Manifestation of Four-formed Visnu 89
    16Installation of the idol of Nrsimha 93
    17Indradyumna Performs a Thousand Horse-sacrifices 98
    18 The Eternal Banyan Tree Emerges 109
    19The Lord Manifests Himself as Wooden idol 112
    20Origin of the indradyumna Lake 116
    21Indradyumna Gets the Royal Shrine Built122
    22Indradyumna Goes to Brahma's Abode along with Narada 126
    23Indradyumna Returns after Visiting Brahma130
    24Devas Eulogize the Lord: Padmanidhys Reception135
    25The Construction and installation of the Chariot of the Lord 139
    26Indradyumna Worships the Lord: King Gala Submits to indradyumna145
    27 Installation of the Four Deities 149
    28The Lord Adopts the Form of Nrsimha: Dialogue between Brahma and indradyumna 158
    29 The Lord Grants Boons to indradyumna163
    30 The Greatness of Pancatirtha168
    31The Procedure for the Sacred Ablution of the Lord in the Wooden Body 181
    32 The Rite of Jyestha Pancaka188
    33The Chariot-Procession Called Gundica Yatra194
    34 In Praise of Chariot-Procession203
    35The Procedure of Preserving the Chariot207
    36The Festival's of Lords Retiring o Sleep209
    37King Sveta Attains Salvation214
    38The Great Efficacy of Nirmalya etc. 219
    39Festival to be Celebrated during Caturmasya229
    40Pravarana (Covering) Festival of Nrsimha235
    41The Festival of Holy Bath on Pusya Day237
    42The Festival of the Transit (of the Sun) to Capricorn239
    43The Festival of Swing 241
    44 Description of the Jyesthapancaka Vrata245
    45The Procedure of Splitting Damanaka Grass248
    46Celebration of Yatra by Daksa (on Aksayatrtiya) 250
    47Meditation on the Lord in Different Forms254
    48Popularization of the Lord's Worship by indradyumna255
    49The Merit of Listening to a Purana258

    Index263

    Part VI


    Publisher's Note v

    Editorial xi

    Abbreviations xv

    Skanda Purana
    Book II: Vaishnavakhanda
    Section III: Badarikasrama Mahatmya

    1Superiority of the Holy Place Badarikasrama over all Tirthas 1
    2Agni Eulogizes the Lord 7
    3The Greatness of Agnitirtha ans Silas of Narada and Markandeya 11
    4The Greatness of the Rocks of Garuda, Varaha and Narasimha 18
    5The Greatness of Visala 23
    6 The Greatness of Vasudhara 28
    7The Greatness of Pancadhara and other Tirthas34
    8The Greatness of Various Tirthas at Badari42

    Section IV: Kartikkamasa-Mahatamya

    1Praise of Karttika Vow 49
    2 Rites to Be Observed in Karttika54
    3The Glory of Karttika 59
    4 The Procedure of Karttikasnana64
    5The Daily Routine of Duties in Karttika70
    6Directions for Karttikavarata73
    7Special Efficacy of the Gift of Lamps78
    8The Greatness of Tulasi (Basil Plant) 88
    9Rites to be Performed on Vatsadvadasi, Yamatrayodasi, Narakacaturdasi and Dipavali 92
    10The Greatness of the First Day in the Bright Half of Karttika 101
    11 The Efficacy of Yamadvitiya (The 2nd Day of Karttika) 107
    12The Efficacy of Dhatri 112
    13Previous Life of Satyabhama122
    14 The Birth of Jalandhara 127
    15The Victories of Jalandhara130
    16 Narada Visits Jalandhara 133
    17 Dialogue between Narada and Jalandhara136
    18 Rudra's Army Defeated 139
    19The Fall of Virabhadra 142
    20Fight between Siva and Jalandhara144
    21Vrnda's Self-immolation 146
    22Jalandhara Attains Salvation149
    23The Origin of Dhatri and Tulasi152
    24The Legend of Dharmadatta154
    25Kalaha Attains Salvation 157
    26Dialogue between King Cola and Visnudasa159
    27King Cola and Visnudasa Liberated 163
    28Dharmadatta Attains Salvation165
    29The Story of Dhanesvara 168
    30Fasts and Austerities of the Month171
    31The Rite of Kusmandanavami177
    32 The Efficacy of Bhismpancaka Vrata180
    33 Rules Pretaining to Pbabodhini184
    34The Procedure of Concluding the Vrata189
    35Vaikuntha Caturdasi Vrata192
    36The Efficacy of Listening to the Purana196

    Section:V: Margasirsa-Mahatmya

    1Fruit of Holy Bath in the Month of Margasirsa (Obtained by Gopis) 201
    2The Application of Tripundra203
    3imprinting Marks of Conch, etc. 207
    4 Worshipping the Conch 212
    5The Fruit of Conch Worship216
    6The Fruit of Offering Tulasi Twigs and Sandalpaste 219
    7Superiority of Jati Flower 223
    8The Greatness of Tulasi 225
    9The Procedure for Naivedya229
    10The Concluding Rites in the Lord's Worship232
    11The Story of Ekadasi 236
    12Uninterrupted Ekadasi Vow243
    13 importance of Jagarana in Ekadasi Vrata249
    14The Greatness of the "Matsya" Festival253
    15 Efficacy of the Name of Krsna257
    16The Greatness of Srimadbhagavata262
    17The Greatness of Mathura267

    Section VI: Bhagavata-Mahatya

    1The Greatness of Vrajabhumi273
    2Pariksit and Others Meet Uddhava277
    3Dialogue between Pariksit and Uddhava280
    4The Recitation of Bhagvata286

    Index to Section III 293

    Index to Section IV 295

    Index to Section VI 301

    Index to Section VII 303

    Part VII


    Publisher's Note v

    Editorial xi

    Abbreviations xv

    Skanda Purana
    Book II: Vaisnava-khanda
    Section VII: Vaisakhamasa Mahatmya

    1The Greatness of the Holy Bath in Vaisakha1
    2The Benefit of the Different Kinds of Charitable Gifts3
    3Charitable Gifts (Continued) 7
    4The Holy Rites to be Observed in Vaisakha11
    5 The Excellence of Vaisakha 15
    6 The Story of House-Lizard 18
    7Salvation of a Pisaca (Globlin) 23
    8Daksa's Yajna; Parvatys Birth etc. 27
    9 The Birth of Kumara 34
    10Glorification of the Gifts of Umbrellas: The Story of Hemakanta 41
    11The Anecdote of King Kirtiman 48
    12Yama's Lamentation 57
    13Yama is Consoled 60
    14Liberation of a Pisaca 66
    15Story of a Ruler of Pancaladesa 70
    16The Pancala King Attains Sayujya 76
    17Story of Dantila and Kohala 81
    18Previous Birth of the Hunter 86
    19The Curse of Wind-god 92
    20The Bhagavata Dharmas 98
    21 Birth of Valmiki 106
    22Liberation of Pitrs 111
    23The Greatness of Aksaya Trtiya120
    24Salvation of a Bitch: importance of Dvadasi124
    25The Conclusion 132

    Section VIII: Ayodhya-Mahatmya

    1Ther Greatness of Visnuhari139
    2 Brahmakunda and Sahasradhara149
    3The Tirthas: Svargadvara: Candrahari: Conclusion of Candra Vrata 157
    4 The Greatness of Dharmahari164
    5The Efficacy of Tilodaki 171
    6The Greatness of Sargadvara and Gopratara173
    7Brhaspati, Rukmini and Other Kundas191
    8 Ratikunda and other Holy Tirthas202
    9The Glory of Various Tirthas211
    10Pilgrimage to Ayodhya 216

    Section IX: Vasudeva -Mahatmya

    1 Query by Savarni 225
    2 Meeting of Narayana and Narada228
    3Sri Vasudeva to Be Worshipped by All231
    4Sveta-Dvipa 234
    5 Uparicara Vasu, a Pious King 238
    6Fall of Uparicara Vasu 241
    7 Uparicara Vasu Attains Liberation245
    8Curse to Devendra 249
    9Genesis of Yajnas involving Himsa251
    10 The Grace of Vasudeva 254
    11Churning for the Nectar: Birth of the Position Kalakuta 257
    12Churning of the Ocean: Birth of Fourteen Precious Jewels 261
    13Gods Drink the Nectar 263
    14 The Marriage Festival of Laksmi and Narayana266
    15 Eulogy of Laksmi-Narayana270
    16 Description of Goloka 277
    17Manifestation of Vasudeva281
    18incarnations of Vasudeva 285
    19Narada Meets Nara and Narayana290
    20The Duties of Four Varnas293
    21 Duties of Celibates (Students) 298
    22Duties of Householders 299
    23Duties of Forest-Hermaits and Recluses306
    24The Nature of Knowledge310
    25Vairagya and Bhakti 316
    26 Eligibility for Kriya-Yoga etc. 321
    27Procedure of Puja Mandala Construction 325
    28Kriya-Yoga: Meditation on the Forms of Radha and Krsna 333
    29Kriya-Yoga: Procedure of Worship of Vasudeva 336
    30Description of Yoga and Limbs341
    31Euology of Nara and Narayana344
    32Text-transmission of Vasudeva-Mahatmya346

    Index to Section VII 351

    Index to Section VIII356

    Index to Section IX 359

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    Abbreviations xiii

    Skanda Purana
    Book III: Brahma-khanda
    Section I: Setu Mahatmya

    1The Merit of Visiting Setu 1
    2The Construction o Setu 10
    3 Dharmatirtha Becomes Famous as Cakratirtha18
    4 Redemption of Durdama from a Curse27
    5Redemption from Curse of Alambusa and Vidhuma32
    6Battle between the Goddess and Mahisasura 44
    7 Mahisasura Killed 49
    8Sudarsana Becomes a Vampire 54
    9 Redemption of Sudarsana and Sukarna60
    10 The Sanctifying Power of Papavinasa66
    11 Glorification of Sita Lake: indra Absolved of the Sin of Brahmana-Slaughter 73
    12Glorification of Mangala Tirtha79
    13The Glory of Amrtavapi: Salvation of Agastya's Brother 87
    14Brahma's Redemption from Siva's Curse 91
    15The Glory of Hanumatkunda: Dharmasakha Blessed with a Hundred Sons 96
    16 The Glory of Agasti Tirtha: The Story of Kaksivan 101
    17The Glory of Agastyakunda: The Marriage of Kaksivan 109
    18 The Glory of Ramakunda: Dharamaputra's Atonement for False Speech 113
    19The Glory of Laksmanatritha: Balabhadra's Redemption from the Sin of Brahmana-Slaughter122
    20The Glory of Jataritha: Dharmaputra Obtains Unlimited Wealth 127
    21The Glory of Laksmitirtha: Dharmaputra Obtains Unlimited Wealth 132
    22The Glory of Agnitirtha: Duspanya Relieved of His Ghosthood 136
    23The Glory of Cakratirtha: Aditya Gets Golden Hands 144
    24The Glory of Sivatirtha: Bhairava Absolved of the Sin of Brahmana-Slaughter 149
    25The Glory of Sankhatirtha: Vatsanabha Freed from the Sin of ingratitude 154
    26The Greatness of Ganga, Yamuna and Gaya: Janasruti Attains Perfect Knowledge 159
    27The Glory of Kotitirtha: Krsna Atones for His Sin of Killing His Uncle 167
    28The Glory of Sadhyamrtatirtha: Pururavas Liberated from a Curse 175
    29 The Glory of Sarvatirtha: Sucarita Attains Sayujya 182
    30 The Glory of Dhanuskoti186
    31 The Glory of Kotitirtha: Asvatthama's Liberation from the Sin of Killing Sleeping Persons 195
    32The Glory of Dhanuskoti: Dharmagupta Gets Rid of His Madness 204
    33The Glory of Dhanuskoti: Paravasu Liberated from the Sin of Brahmana-Slaughter 209
    34The Glory of Dhanuskoti: Sumatys Liberation from Great Sins 215
    35The Glory of Dhanuskoti: The Jackal and the Monkey Liberated 221
    36The Glory of Dhanuskoti: Duracara Liberated from the Sin of Associating with Sinners 227
    37Ksirakunda 241
    38The Glory of Ksirakunda: Kadru's Expitation for her Deceitful Action 246
    39The Glory of Kapitirtha: Rambha and Ghrtaci Liberated from their Curse 256
    40 The Glory of Gayatri and Sarasvati Tirthas261
    41The Glory of Gayatri and Sarasvati Kundas: Destruction of Kasyapa's Sin 266
    42Rnamocana and Other Tirthas 274
    43The Glory of Ramanatha 278
    44 The installation of the Linga of Ramanatha 288
    45Rama's Discourse on Philosophy297
    46The Reason for the installation of Ramanatha 303
    47Rama's Sin of Brahma-hatya309
    48Cessation of Great Sins incurred by King Sankara 314
    49Eulogy of Ramanatha 323
    50The Story of Punyanidhi 334
    51 Pilgrimage to Setu 342
    52The Glory of Setu 349

    Index 367

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    Abbreviations xiii

    Skanda Purana
    Book III: Brahma-khanda
    Section II: Dharmaranya Mahatmya

    1Yudhisthira's Enquiries 1
    2Yudhisthira's Queries 11
    3Indira's Fear 13
    4Dharmaranya Established as a Holy Place20
    5Good Conduct 31
    6Norms of Good Conduct for Householders44
    7Code of Conduct for Women etc. 54
    8The Coming of Visnu 62
    9 Different Spiritual Lineages and Their Goddesses67
    10The Service Rendered by the Merchant Class77
    11Dharamaranya Becomes Satyamandira82
    12The installation of Ganesa84
    13Greatness of Bakularka 87
    14 Destruction of Visnu's Head94
    15The Story of Hayagriva 99
    16The installation of Ananda105
    17 The Greatness of Srimata108
    18 The Story of Matangi and Karnataka111
    19The Greatness of indresvara and Jayantesvara 123
    20 Description of Dhara Ksetra126
    21Gotras, Pravaras etc. of the Residents of Dharamaranya 131
    22installation of the Deities 135
    23Lohasura Devastates Dharmaranya136
    24The Greatness of Dharmaranya140
    25The Greatness of Sarasvati141
    26The Greatness o Dvarika 143
    27The Episode of Balahaka: The Glory of Govatsa Linga 144
    28The Greatness of Holy Spots148
    29The Legend of Lohasura Concluded150
    30 Rama's Life 156
    31 Rama's Pilgrimage to Dharmaranya164
    32Satyamandira Established170
    33 Rama Returns to Ayodhya175
    34Rama's Copper-plate Grant to Brahmanas179
    35Ruins of Dharmaranya Repaired184
    36Hanuman Makes His Appearance189
    37Return of Modha Brahmanas204
    38Acquisition of the Character by Brahmanas209
    39Different Families and Groups in Dharmaranya215
    40Merit of Listening to the Purana236

    Section III: Brahmottara-Khanda

    1The Greatness of Pancaksara (Five-syllabled) Mantra 243
    2 The Story of Kalmasapada: Greatness of Gokarna 249
    3 The Greatness of Gokarna and the Caturdasi of Siva 259
    4The importance of Caturdasi271
    5The Story of Gopakumara 275
    6The importance of Pradosa 282
    7The importance of Pradosa [Continued] 288

    [The Procedure of Siva's Worship]
    8 The Religious Vow to be Observed on Mondays: The Story of Simantini 300
    9The (Spiritual) Power of Simantini313
    10Bhadrayu Resuscitated 320
    11Rsabha's Advice to Bhadrayu328
    12 Description of Sivakavaca333
    13 The Marriage of Bhadrayus339
    14 Bhadrayus Gets Siva's Favour344
    15Efficacy of the Holy Ash 350
    16Efficacy of the Holy Ash (Continued) 356
    17Efficacy of the Holy Ash (Continued) 362
    18Observance of the Vow of Uma-Mahesvara366
    19The Story of Sarada 372
    20 The Great Efficacy of Rudrakasa: The Story of Mahananda 379
    21The Greatness of Rudradhyaya386
    22The Efficacy of Listening to the Purana392

    Index to Section II 403

    Index to Section III 411

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    Skanda Purana
    Book IV: Kasi-khanda
    Section I: Purvardha Mahatmya

    1Increase in the Height of Vindhya1
    2Satyaloka 9
    3The Heritage of Agastya 20
    4 The Characteristics of a Chaste Woman 30
    5 Agastya's Departure 41
    6Tirthadhyaya 53
    7The Seven Holy Cities 59
    8The World of Yama 71
    9The Regions of Celestial Damsels and of the Sun 81
    10The Worlds of indra and Agni90
    11The World of Vahni (Fire-God) 103
    12The Worlds of Nirrti and Varuna117
    13Gandhavati and Alaka 125
    14Somaloka 138
    15Description of the Stellar World144
    16The World of Sukra (Venus) 150
    17 The Worlds of Mars, Jupiter and Satrun161
    18The World of SevenSages172
    19The Story of Dhruva 174
    20The Story of Dhruva: The Vision of the Lord 184
    21The Story of Dhruva: Dhruva's Eulogy of Visnu 192
    22Brahma Praises Kasi 203
    23Caturbhujabhiseka 213
    24Sivasarman Attains Salvation219
    25Agastya Visits Skanda 226
    26Description of Manikarnika234
    27 The Greatness of Ganga 246
    28 The Greatness of Ganga (Continued) 261
    29A Thousand Names of Ganga272
    30 The Greatness of Varanasi312
    31The Manifestation of Bhairava323
    32The Manifestation of Dandapani336
    33Description of Jnanavapi 351
    34In Praise of Jnanavapi 366
    35 Sadacara - Conduct of the Good376
    36The Rites and Duties of a Religious Student398
    37The Characteristics of Women406
    38The Characteristics of Women (Continued) 420
    39Manifestation of the Lord of Avimukta431
    40Duties of a Householder 439
    41The Path of Yoga 454
    42Means of Dodging Kala 470
    43King Divodasa's Valour 475
    44Description of Kasi 484
    45 The Arrival of Sixty-four Yoginis491
    46Description of Lolarka 496
    47Description of Uttararka 502
    48The Greatness of Sambaditya507
    49Description of Draupadaditya and Mayukhaditya 511
    50Description of Khakholkaditya520

    Index533

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    Skanda Purana
    Book IV: Kasi-khanda
    Section II: Uttarardha

    51Description of Sun-gods Called Aruna, Vrddha etc. 1
    52Description of Dasasvamedha11
    53Siva's Attendants Go to Varanasi19
    54 The Greatness of Pisacamocana Tirtha28
    55Ganesa Proceeds on a Mission to Kasi35
    56Manifestation of the Maya of Ganesa40
    57Manifestation of Dhundhi Vinayaka and Fiftysix Vinayakas 47
    58Attainment of Salvation by Divodasa59
    59Pancanada Comes into Being77
    60Manifestation of Bindumadhava90
    61The Greatness of Visnava Tirthas102
    62 Manifestation of Bindumadhava122
    63. The Story of Jyesthesa 131
    64. The Secret of Jyesthesvara139
    65. Manifestation of the Bull-emblemed Lord148
    66Sailesa and Other Lingas 155
    67In Praise of Ratnesvara 167
    68 The Origin of Krttivasas 184
    69The Assembly of Sixtyeight Holy Spots191
    70Establishment of the Deities204
    71 Exploits of Durga 212
    72Victory of Durga 220
    73The Greatness of Omkara 230
    74 The Greatness of Omkara (Continued) 246
    75Manifestation of Trilocana254
    76The Power of Trilocana 261
    77The Greatness of Kedara 273
    78The Greatness of Dharmesa279
    79Dharmesakhyanam 285
    80The Vrata Called Manoreathatirtya294
    81The Legend of Dharmesvara301
    82Exploits of Amitrajit 307
    83Manifestation of Viresvara317
    84Tirthas from the Confluence of Ganga and Varana up to Manikarnika 327
    85 Granting of Boons to Durvasas336
    86Manifestation of Visvakarmesa342
    87Daksa's Sacrifice 352
    88Sati Casts off Hr Body 361
    89Manifestation of Daksesvara369
    90 The Story of Parvatisa 379
    91The Greatness of Gangesvara381
    92The Story of Narmadesvara382
    93 Manifestation of Satisvara384
    94Manifestation of Amrtesa and Other Lingas387
    95Vyasa's Arms Get Paralysed391
    96Vyasa Released from the Curse398
    97Holy Spot in Varanasi 414
    98. Departure unto the pavilion of Salvation436
    99The Greatness of Sri Visvesvara444
    100Index to Kasikhanda 450

    Index 461

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    Skanda Purana
    Book V: Avantya-khanda
    Section I: Avantiksetra Mahatmya

    1 The Greatness of Mahakalavana 1
    2 The Decapitation of Brahma 5
    3 Brhma's Expiation 12
    4 The Origin of Vaisvanara 16
    5 The Arrival of the Lord 24
    6 Getting Rid of Skull 29
    7 Mode of Life in Mahakalavana 40
    8 The Greatness of Apsarah Kunda 46
    9 The Greatness of Mahisakunda and Rudrasaras 53
    10 The Glory of Kutumbikesvara 55
    11 The Greatness of Vidyadhara Tirtha 55
    12 The Greatness of Sitala 57
    13 The Glory of Svargadvara 57
    14 The Greatness of Catussamudra 58
    15 The Glory of Sankaraditya 60
    16 The Efficacy of the River Nilagandhavati 62
    17 The Greatness of Dasasvamedha 64
    18 The Glory of Ekanamsa 64
    19 The Glory of Harasiddhi 67
    20 Pilgrimage to Fourteen Tirthas 69
    21 The Greatness of Hanumatkesvara 70
    22 The Efficacy of Rudrasaras 72
    23 Pilgrimage to Mahakalesvara 74
    24 The Greatness of Valmikesvara 77
    25 The Greatness of Sukresvara and Other Shrines 80
    26 The Glory of Mandakini-Ksetra 81
    27 The Glory of Ankapada (Restoration of Sandipani's Son) 90
    28 The Greatness of Somavati Tirtha 99
    29 The Great Efficacyu of Anaraka Tirtha 108
    30 Offering Lights to Anarakesvara 111
    31 The Greatness of Saubhagyesvara and Other Tirthas 118
    32 Arjuna's Eulogy of the Sun-god 125
    33 The Greatness of Kesavaditya 134
    34 The Greatness of Saktibheda Tirtha 137
    35 The Greatness of Agastyesvara 145
    36 The Greatness of Naradipa 147
    37 The Importance of Angariki Caturthi 153
    38 The Story of Abdhaka 157
    39 The Greatness of Mahakalavana 162
    40 The Origin of the Name Kanakasrnga 162
    41 The Genesis of the Name Kusasthali 165
    42 The Genesis of the Name Avanti 168
    43 The Greatness of Name Ujjayini 172
    44 The Greatness of Name Padmavati 177
    45 The Efficacy of Kumudvati 180
    46 The Genesis of the Name Amaravati 182
    47 The Genesis of the Name Visala 184
    48 The Genesis of the Name Pratikalpa 188
    49 Sipra: The Remover of Jvara 192
    50 The Greatness of Sipra 195
    51 The Genesis of the Name Amtodbhava 199
    52 The Glorification of Sipra 203
    53 Sundara Kunda and Pisacamocana 209
    54 The Greatness of Nilaganga 213
    55 The Greatness of Vimaloda Tirtha 216
    56 The Greatness of the Confluence of Ksata 219
    57 Praise of Gaya Tirtha 225
    58 The Procedure of Sraddha 227
    59 The Greatness of Gaya Tirtha 233
    60 The Importance of the Intercalary Month 236
    61 The Greatness of the Intercalary month 242
    62 The Glory of Gomati Kunda 243
    63 The Greatness of tirthas and a thousand epithets of Visnu 246
    64 The Pilgrimage to Kalabhariava Tirtha 273
    65 The Greatness of Nrsimha Tirtha 275
    66 The Greatness of Nrsimha Tirtha 278
    67 The Greatness of Kutumbesvara 281
    68 The Greatness of Akhadesvara 283
    69 The Greatness of Karkaraja Tirtha 285
    70 Index of all tirthas (in this text) 290
    71 The Glory of Avantiksetra 296

    Index 209

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    Skanda Purana
    Book V: Avantyakhanda
    Section II: Caturasiti Linga Mahatmya

    1Agastyesvara 1
    2Guhesvara 6
    3Dhundhesvara 10
    4Damarukesvara 13
    5Anadikalpesvara 16
    6Svarnajvalesvara 19
    7Trivistapesvara 23
    8Kapalesvara 26
    9Svargadvaresvara 30
    10Karkotesvara 33
    11Siddhesvara 35
    12Lokapalesvara 37
    13Kamesvara 40
    14Kutumbesvara 44
    15Indradyumnesvara 47
    16Isanesvara 49
    17Apsarevara 52
    18Kalakalesvara 54
    19Nagacandesvara 57
    20Pratiharesvara 59
    21Kukkutesvara 61
    22Karkatesvara 66
    23Meghanadesvara 68
    24Mahalayesvara 71
    25Mukusvara 73
    26Somesvara 78
    27Anarakesvara 83
    28Jatesvara 90
    29Ramesvara 96
    30Cyavanesvara 100
    31Khandesvara 104
    32Pattanesvara 107
    33Anandesvara 109
    34Kanthadesvara 113
    35Indresvara 116
    36Markandeyesvara 119
    37Sivesvara 123
    38Kusumesvara 127
    39Akruresvara 129
    40Kundesvara 133
    41Lumpesvara 136
    42Gangesvara 139
    43Angaresvara 142
    44Uttaresvara 144
    45Trilocanesvara 149
    46Viresvara 160
    47Nupuresvara 172
    48Abhayesvara 174
    49Prthukesvara 177
    50Sthavaresvara 180
    51Sulesvara 183
    52Omkaresvara 186
    53Visvesvara 188
    54Kantesvara 192
    55Simhesvara 196
    56Revabtesvara 198
    57Ghantesvara 201
    58Prayagesvara 204
    59Siddhesvara 207
    60Matangesvara 211
    61Saubhagyesvara 215
    62Rupesvara 220
    63Dhanuhsahasraka 224
    64Pasupatisvara 227
    65Brahmesvara 231
    66Jalpesvara 234
    67Kedaresvara 238
    68Pisacesvara 242
    69Sangamesvara 246
    70Durddharesesvara 251
    71Prayagesvara 255
    72Candradityesvara 261
    73Karabhesvara 266
    74Rajasthalesvara 270
    75Vadelesvara 274
    76Arunesvara 278
    77Puspadantesvara 282
    78Avimuktesvara 286
    79Hanumatkesvara 291
    80Svapnesvara 295
    81Pingalesvara 300
    82Kayavarohensvara 307
    83Bilvesvara 312
    84Uttaresvara 318

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    Skanda Purana
    Book V: Avantyakhanda
    Section III: Reva Khanda

    1Purana texts Described 1
    2The Greatness of Reva 6
    3Markandeya Rescued in the Pralaya 10
    4Boons to Narmada 13
    5Naming the River Narmada 17
    6Epithets of Narmada Explained 21
    7The Advent of Kurma Kalpa 25
    8The Advent of Baka Kalpa 27
    9The Origin of Narmada 30
    10The Benefits of Bath in Narmada 34
    11The Greatness of Narmada 40
    12Eulogy of Narmada 48
    13The Story of Twenty one Kalps 50
    14kalaratri Annihilates the Universe 53
    15Turbulence of the Annihilation (Pralaya) 58
    16Eulogy of Siva by Brahma 62
    17Annihilation by Twelve Suns 64
    18Glorification of Narmada 68
    19Varahakalpa 69
    20Varagakalpa (continued) 74
    21The Origin of the River Kapila 81
    22The Origin of Visalya 87
    23The Greatness of the Confluence of Visalya 89
    24The Greatness of the Confluence of Karanarmada 91
    25The Greatness of the Confluence of Nilaganga 91
    26The Observance called Madhuka Trtiya 92
    27Creating Agitation in Tripura 106
    28Destruction of Tripura Glorification of Jvalesvara and Amaresvara Tirthas 107
    29The Greatness of the Confluence of Kaveri and Narmada 117
    30The Glory of Daru Tirtha 121
    31The Greatness of Brahmavarta 122
    32The Greatness of Patresvara Tirtha 123
    33The Greatness of Agni Tirtha 125
    34Description of Ravi Tirtha 129
    35Glorification of Meghanada Tirtha 131
    36The Glory of Daruka Tirtha 133
    37Glorification of Deva Tirtha 135
    38The Greatness of Narmadesvara Tirtha 137
    39The Greatness of kapila Tirtha 143
    40The Greatness of Karanjesvara Tirtha 146
    41The Greatness of Kundalesvara Tirtha 151
    42The Greatness of Pippalada Tirtha 151
    43The Greatness of Vimalesvara Tirtha 156
    44Eulogy of Sulabheda 159
    45Andhaka Gets a Boon 162
    46Abduction of Saci 165
    47Devas Return to Svarga 168
    48Andhaka Blessed 170
    49Glorification of Sulebheda 177
    50Rules About the Eligibility for Dana 181
    51Glorification of Danadharma 185
    52The Story of Dirghatapas 190
    53Rksasrnga goes to Svarga 191
    54Dirghatapas goes to Heaven 195
    55Kasiraja Attains Moksa 200
    56Fruit of Dana Described 203
    57The Sabara goes to Svarga 214
    58The Greatness of Sulabheda Tirtha 217
    59The Greatness of Aditya Tirtha 219
    60The Greatness of Adityesvara Tirtha 220
    61The Greatness of Sakresvara Tirtha 226
    62The Greatness of Karodisvara Tirtha 227
    63The Greatness of Kumaresvara Tirtha 229
    64The Greatness of Agastyesvara Tirtha 230
    65The Greatness of Anandesvara Tirtha 231
    66The Greatness of Matrurtha 232
    67The Greatness of Lunkesvara Tirtha 233
    68The Greatness of Dhanda 242
    69The Greatness of Mangalesvara Tirtha 243
    70The Greatness of Ravi Tirtha 244
    71The Greatness of Kamesvara Tirtha 245
    72The Greatness of Maninagesvara Tirtha 245
    73The Greatness of Goparesvara Tirtha 251
    74The Greatness of Gautamesvara Tirtha 253
    75The Greatness of Sankhacuda Tirtha 254
    76The Greatness of Paresvara Tirtha 254
    77The Greatness of Bhimesvara Tirtha 256
    78The Greatness of Naradesvara Tirtha 257
    79The Greatness of Dadhiskanda and Madhuskanda Tirtha 260
    80The Greatness of Nandikesvara Tirtha 261
    81The Greatness of Varunesvara Tirtha 262
    82The Greatness of Panca Tirtha 263
    83The Greatness of Hanumantesvara Tirtha 264
    84Kapi and Other Tirthas 274
    85The Greatness of Somanatha Tirtha 279
    86The Greatness of Pingalesvara Tirtha 288
    87The Greatness of Rna-tray-Mocana Tirtha 290
    88The Greatness of Kapilesvara Tirtha 290
    89The Greatness of Putikesvara Tirtha 291
    90The Greatness of Jalasayi Tirtha 292
    91The Greatness of CanddadityaTirtha 301
    92The Greatness of Yamahasya Tirtha 302
    93The Greatness of Kalhodi Tirtha 305
    94The Greatness of Nandikesvara Tirtha 306
    95The Greatness of Narayana Tirtha 306
    96The Greatness of Kotisvara Tirtha 308
    97The Greatness of Vyasa Tirtha 309
    98The Greatness of Prabhasa Tirtha 325
    99The Greatness of Nagesvara Tirtha 328
    100The Greatness of Markandesvara Tirtha 331

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    Book V: Avantyakhanda
    Section III: Reva Khanda

    101The Greatness of Samkarsana Tirtha 333
    102The Glory of Manmathesvara Tirtha 333
    103The Greatness of the Confluence (of Erandi and Narmada) 334
    104The Greatness of Suvarnasila Tirtha 351
    105The Greatness of Karanja Tirtha 352
    106The Greatness of Kamada Tirtha 352
    107The Greatness of Bhandari Tirtha 354
    108The Greatness of Rohini Tirtha 354
    109The Greatness of Cakra Tirtha 356
    110The Greatness of Dhautapapa Tirtha 358
    111The Greatness of Skanda Tirtha 358
    112The Greatness of Angirasa Tirtha 362
    113The Greatness of Koti Tirtha 363
    114The Greatness of Ayonisambhava Tirtha 364
    115The Greatness of Angaraka Tirtha 364
    116The Greatness of Pandu Tirtha 365
    117The Greatness of Trilocana Tirtha 366
    118The Greatness of Indira Tirtha 366
    119The Greatness of Kalhodi Tirtha 369
    120The Greatness of Kambukesvara Tirtha 370
    121The Greatness of Soma Tirtha 372
    122The Greatness of Kohana Tirtha 375
    123The Greatness of Karmadesvara Tirtha 378
    124The Greatness of Narmadesvara Tirtha 378
    125The Greatness of Ravi Tirtha 379
    126The Greatness of Ayoniprabhava Tirtha 382
    127The Greatness of AgniTirtha 384
    128The Greatness of BhrkutesvaraTirtha 384
    129The Greatness of Brahma Tirtha 385
    130The Greatness of Devatirtha 386
    131The Greatness of Nagesvara Tirtha 387
    132The Greatness of Adivaraha Tirtha 390
    133The Glory of Kaubera and other Tirthas 391
    134The Greatness of Ramesvara Tirtha 395
    135The Greatness of SiddhesvaraTirtha 396
    136The Greatness of Ahalya Tirtha 396
    137The Greatness of Karkatesvara Tirtha 398
    138The Greatness of Sakra Tirtha 399
    139The Greatness of Somatirtha 400
    140The Greatness of Nandahrada Tirtha 401
    141The Greatness of Tapesvara Tirtha 402
    142The Greatness of Rukmini Tirtha 404
    143The Greatness of Yojanesvara Tirtha 411
    144The Greatness of Dvadasi Tirtha 413
    145The Greatness of Siva Tirtha 413
    146The Greatness of Asmahaka Tirtha 414
    147The Greatness of Siddesvara Tirtha 422
    148The Greatness of Mangalesvara Tirtha 423
    149The Greatness of Linga Varaha Tirtha 425
    150The Greatness of Kusumesvara Tirtha 427
    151The Greatness of SvetavarahaTirtha 431
    152The Greatness of Bhargalesvara Tirtha 433
    153The Greatness of Adityesvara Tirtha 434
    154The Greatness of Kalakalesvara Tirtha 437
    155Attainment of Siddhi by Canakya 438
    156The Greatness of Suklatirtha 447
    157The Greatness of Humkarasvami 450
    158The Greatness of Sangamesvara Tirtha 452
    159The Greatness of Anarakesvara Tirtha 453
    160The Greatness of Moksa Tirtha 461
    161The Greatness of Sarpa Tirtha 462
    162The Greatness of Gopesvara Tirtha 463
    163The Greatness of Naga Tirtha 464
    164The Greatness of Samvauresvara Tirtha 464
    165The Greatness of Siddhesvara Tirtha 465
    166The Greatness of Siddesvari Tirtha 466
    167The Greatness of MarkandesvaraTirtha 467
    168The Greatness of Ankuresvara Tirtha 470
    169The Abduction of Kamamohini 473
    170Mandavya Impaled 477
    171Dialogue between Sandili and the sages 479
    172The Greatness of Mandavya Tirtha 484
    173The Greatness of Suddesvara Tirtha 491
    174The Greatness of Gopesvara Tirtha 492
    175The Greatness of Kapilesvara Tirtha 493
    176The Greatness of Pingalesvara Tirtha 495
    177The Greatness of Bhutisvara Tirtha 498
    178The Greatness of Gangavahaka Tirtha 500
    179The Greatness of Gautamesvara Tirtha 503
    180The Greatness of Dasavamedha Tirtha 504
    181The Creation of Bhrgukaccha Tirtha 511
    182The Greatness of Bhrgukaccha Tirtha 517
    183The Greatness of Kedaresvara Tirtha 522
    184The Greatness of Dhautapapa Tirtha 524
    185The Greatness of Erandi Tirtha 526
    186The Greatness of Kanakhalesvara Tirtha 527
    187The Greatness of Kalagnirudra Tirtha 531
    188The Greatness of Salagrama Tirtha 532
    189The Greatness of Udirna Varaha Tirtha 533
    190The Greatness of Candrahasa Tirtha 537
    191The Greatness of Dvadasaditya Tirtha 540
    192The Birth of Sripati 541
    193The Greatness of Sripati Tirtha 549
    194The Marriage of Sripati 555
    195The Glori of Sripati 562
    196The Greatness of Hamsatirtha 565
    197The Greatness of Mulasthana Tirtha 565
    198The Greatness of Sulesvara Tirtha 566
    199The Greatness of Asvina Tirtha 575
    200The Greatness of Savitri Tirtha 576
    201The Greatness of Deva Tirtha 578
    202The Greatness of Sikhitirtha 579
    203The Greatness of Koti Tirtha 580
    204The Greatness of Paitamaha Tirtha 580
    205The Greatness of Kurkuri Tirtha 582
    206The Greatness of Dasakanya Tirtha 583
    207The Greatness of Suvarnabindu Tirtha 584

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    Book VI: Nagara Khanda

    1The Birth of the Linga 1
    2Dialogue between Trisanku and vasistha 7
    3Hariscandra Coronated as King 10
    4Visvamitra Performs a Yajna fro Trisanku 12
    5Performance of a satra for Trisanku 17
    6Attainment of a Boon by Visvamitra 19
    7Trisanku Attains Svarga 21
    8Killing of Vrtra 22
    9Filling up the Nagabila 33
    10King Camatkara cursed 37
    11Gift of a city to Brahmanas 39
    12Advice to the sons 45
    13Glory of Acalesvara 46
    14Efficacy of Circumambulating Camatkarapura 49
    15Efficacy of Circumambulating Camatkarapura (Continued) 52
    16Merit of Residing near Raktasrnga 53
    17Viduratha goes ahunting 54
    18King Viduratha in a Hermitage 56
    19Greatness of Pitrkupika Tirtha 64
    20Greatness of Balamandana Tirtha 67
    21Glory of Balasakhya Tirtha 73
    22Greatness of Balamandana Tirtha 79
    23Greatness of Mrga Tirtha 83
    24Origin of Visnupadi Tirtha 85
    25Greatness of Visnupati Ganga 88
    26Greatness of Gokarna Tirtha 92
    27Characteristics of the Four Yugas 99
    28The Refuge to all tirthas 106
    29Greatness of Siddhesvara Ksetra 108
    30Manifestation of Siddesvara 127
    31Greatness of Naga Hrada 129
    32Greatness of the Hermitage of Seven Sages 138
    33Greatness of Agastya's Hermitage 148
    34Fight Between Devas and Asuras 152
    35Installation of Citresvara Pitha 155
    36Greatness of Citresvari Pitha 160
    37The Palace called Dussila 165
    38Greatness of Dhundhumaresvara 168
    39Greatness of Yayatisvara 170
    40Greatness of Citrasila 171
    41Manifestation of Jalasayin 176
    42Menaka Meets Visvamitra 181
    43Dialogue between Visvamitra and Menaka 184
    44Greatness of Visvamitresvara 186
    45Greatness of Tripuskara 189
    46Greatness of Sarasvati Tirtha 195
    47Greatness of Mahakalesvara 199
    48Installation of Uma Mahesvara 204
    49King Kalasa Turns into a Tiger 208
    50Dialogue between the cow and the tiger 211
    51Greatness of Kalasesvara 213
    52Greatness of Rudrakoti 221
    53Greatness of Bhrungarta 223
    54Greatness of Carmamunda 231
    55Greatness of Nalesvara 234
    56Greatness of Sambaditya 236
    57Bhisma's Pilgrimage 239
    58Greatness of Siva Ganga 243
    59Vidura Builds the Lord's Temple 244
    60Greatness of Naraditya 247
    61Birth of Visakanya 249
    62Greatness of Sarmistha Tirtha 251
    63Greatness of Somanatha 259
    64Greatness of Camatkari Durga 264
    65Greatness of Anartakesvara and Surakesvara 266
    66Murder of Jamadagni 271
    67Sahasrarjuna Killed 277
    68The Sea Recedes 280
    69Creation of Rama Hrada 282
    70Birth of Karttikeya 284
    71Installation of Skanda's Sakti 290
    72Dhrtarastra's Pilgrimage to Hatakesvara Ksetra 293
    73Pilgrimage of Dhrtarastra and others 296
    74Installation of Lingas by Kauravas Pandavas and Yadavas 300
    75Greatness of Yajnabhumi 301
    76Installation of Mundira Kalapriya and Mulasthana 302
    77Importance of Harasraya Vedika 308
    78Greatness of Rudrasirsa 314
    79Greatness of Valakhilyasrama 318
    80Importance of the sight of Visnu 323
    81Fall of Suparana's wings 328
    82Greatness of Suparnesvara 332
    83Greatness of the deity Suparna 335
    84Madhavi Born as Subhadra 338
    85Greatness of Mahalaksmi 340
    86Greatness of Saptavimasatika 341
    87Greatness of Soma's Shrine 344
    88Greatness of Ambavrddha 346
    89Greatness of the Padukas of Srimata 351
    90Greatness of Vasordhara 355
    91Creation of Agni Tirtha 362
    92Greatness of Brahmakunda 363
    93Greatness of Gomukha Tirtha 365
    94Greatness of Lohayasti 369
    95Greatness of Ajapalesvari 372
    96Dialogue between Dasratha and Sanaiscara 379
    97Dasaratha's Penance 383
    98Greatness of Rajavapi 387
    99Sage Durvasa visits Rama 389
    100Srirama goes to the city of Sugriva 393
    101Installation of Ramesvara in the Middle of the setu 398
    102Erection of five Palatial Shrines for Laksmana and others 402
    103Greatness of Anartaka Tirtha Kupika 404

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    Book VI: Nagara Khanda

    104Installation of Kusesvara and Lavesvara 413
    105Removal of the Raksasa Lingas 422
    106Greatness of the Vanished Tirthas 423
    107Installation of Citrasarma Linga 426
    108The Astasasti Tirthas 432
    109Greatness of Astasasti Tirthas 435
    110Greatness of Sixty Eight Tirthas 437
    111Lamentation of the King of Anarta 438
    112The Creation of Barren Land 446
    113Greatness of Agnikunda 448
    114The Term Nagara 456
    115Gotras of Sages 463
    116Greatness of Amba Revati Tirtha 467
    117Emergence of Bhattikatirtha 472
    118Installation of Raivatakesvara and Ksemamkari 479
    119Defeat of the Army of Gods 481
    120The Origination of Katyayani 487
    121Mahisasura Defeated 489
    122Creation of Kedara 496
    123Glory of Sukla Tirtha 502
    124Creation of Mukhara Tirtha 506
    125The Story of King Satyasandha 513
    126Greatness of Satyasa 520
    127Greatness of Karnotpala Tirtha 523
    128Origin of Atesvara 525
    129Greatness of the Hermitage of Yajnavalkya 530
    130Creation of Pancapinda Cow 536
    131Katyayani's Distress 541
    132Creation of Vastupada 545
    133Origin of Ajagrha 549
    134Origin of Tirthas like Saubhagyakupika 554
    135Boon to a Chaste Lady Dirghika 560
    136Origin of Dirghika 567
    137Mandavya Impaled 570
    138Origin of Dharmarajesvara 571
    139Greatness of Dharmarajesvara 573
    140The Son of Dharmaraja 578
    141Greatness of Mistannadesvara 579
    142Greatness of the Trio of Ganapatis 584
    143Provocation of Jabali 587
    144The Story of Citrangadesvara Phalavati and Jabali 592
    145Greatness of Amarakesvara Ksetra 606
    146Greatness of Amaresvara Kunda 610
    147Dialogue between Vyasa and Suka 611
    148Greatness of Vatikesvara 618
    149Manifestation of Kelisvari 619
    150Greatness of Kelisvari 627
    151Greatness of Bhairava Ksetra 630
    152Greatness of Cakrapani 635
    153Origin of Apsara Kunda 639
    154Greatness of Citresvara Pitha 643
    155A Ksatriya Addresses his wife 647
    156Manibhadra cheats a Brahmana Named Puspa 651
    157Boons to Puspa by the Sun god 655
    158Manibhadra's death 659
    159Puspa Acquires Prosperity 665
    160Brahmanas Invited for Purascarana 666
    161Greatness of Puspaditya 668
    162Procedure of Purascarana Saptami 670
    163Creation of Brahma Nagara (Community) 677
    164Installation of Nagesvara etc 680
    165Origin of Asva Tirtha 684
    166Birth of Parasurama 687
    167Visvamitra Renounces Kingdom 691
    168Greatness of the source of Dharotpatti 697
    169Greatness of Dhara Devi 702
    170Creation of Dhara Tirtha 705
    171Battle between Vasistha and Visvamitra 707
    172Sarasvati Cursed 709
    173Saravati Gets Rid of the Curse 711
    174Birth of Pippalada 713
    175Gift of a Boon to Yajniavalkya 721
    176Origin of Kamsaresvara 722
    177Creation of Pancapindika 724
    178Origin of Pancapinda Gauri 730
    179Rites Preliminary of Yajnas 736
    180Brahma Begins the Yajna 742
    181Greatness of Gayatri Tirtha 746
    182The Yajna of Brahma the first day 752
    183Creation of Naga Tirtha 758
    184The Yajna of Brahma The Third day 762
    185Creation of Holy places 765
    186Importance of an Atithi 775
    187Greatness of Raksasprapya Sraddha 777

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    188The Groups of Mothers Cursed 783
    189The antecedents of Audumbari 789
    190Origin of Yaksma Tirtha 792
    191Occurrence of Evil Omens 799
    192Greatness of Savitri 800
    193Gayatri Grants Boons 808
    194Description of Tirthas 809
    195Story of the Daughter of Chandogya 814
    196Brhadbala proceeds to the city of anarta 818
    197The Expiation of Paravasu 819
    198Sudri Brahmani Tirtha 829
    199Greatness of Eight Nagara Families 538
    200Bhartryajna Prescribes expiatory Rites 852
    201Decision on Problems relating to Nagaras 855
    202Bhartryajna's Decision 858
    203Purification of Nagaras 860
    204Procedure of Preta Sraddha 862
    205Importance of Gaya Sraddha 866
    206Importance of Balamandana 867
    207Description of Indra Festival 881
    208Greatness of Gautamesvara Ahalyesvara and Satanandesvara 887
    209Origin of Sankhaditya and Sankhatirtha 894
    210Importance of Tambula 901
    211Greatness of Sankha Tirtha 908
    212Greatness of Ratnaditya 909
    213Efficacy of Kuharavasi Sambaditya 915
    214Procedure of Ganapati Worship 924
    215Necessity of the Performance of Sraddha 930
    216Origin of Sraddha 936
    217Sraddha Proper Time Eligible Brahmana etc. 947
    218Rules Prescribed for Sraddha Perfromance 953
    219Kamya Sraddha 955
    220Importance of Gajacchaya 957
    221Things Worthy of Beign offered in Sraddha 964
    222Decision regarding caturdasi Sraddha 969
    223Kinds of Sons Eligible to Offer Sraddha 972
    224Procedure of Sraddha 973
    225Procedure of Sapindikarana 978
    226Fortunes in Twentyone Hells 981
    227Means to Save one from Tortures in hells 988
    228Disobedience by Andhakasura 990
    229Birth of Bhrngiriti 993
    230Vrka's Conquest of Indra's Kingdom 996
    231Importance of Ekadasi Vrata 998
    232Vratas and Niyamas to be Observed in Caturmasa 1005
    233Benefits of Bath in Ganga 1008
    234Procedure of Adopting Niyama 1011
    235Importance of Dana in Caturmasya 1014
    236Greatness of Gifting desired Objects 1017
    237Greatness of Vrata 1020
    238Importance of Penance 1022
    239Efficacy of adoration penance etc. 1027
    240Devotion explained 1032
    241Characteristics of a Good Sudra 1034
    242Eighteen Prakrtis (castes and Sub castes) 1039
    243Importance of Saligrama worship 1043
    244Twentyfour varieties of Saligrama 1049
    245Devas go to the Mandara Mountain 1050
    246Parvati's curse on Devas1054
    247Greatness of Asvattha Tree 1057
    248Greatness of Palasa Tree 1061
    249Greatness of Tulasi 1062
    250Creation of Bilva Tree 1064
    251Curse to Visnu 1066
    252Greatness of trees 1069
    253Sankara Consoles Parvati 1073
    254Tandava Dance of Sankara 1076
    255Greatness of Laksmi Narayana 1085
    256Efficacy of the name of Rama 1087
    257Parvati's Penance 1091
    258Hara is Cursed 1094
    259Prayer to the Bull 1098
    260Paijavana takes Leave 1105
    261Dhyanayoga 1106
    262Jnana Yoga Expalined 1112
    263Origin of Matsyendranatha 1119
    264Tarakasura Killed 1125
    265Asunyasayana Vrata 1128
    266Greatness of Sivaratri 1132
    267Importance of Tula Purusa Dana 1139
    268Description of Prthvi Dana 1143
    269Greatness of Kapalamocanesvara 1146
    270Making Gift of Papapinda 1159
    271Creation of Seven Lingas 1162
    272Characteristics of Different Yugas 1198
    273Reckoning of Yugas 1202
    274Origin of Duhsilesvara 1204
    275Nimbesvara and Sakambhari 1213
    276Origin of Eleven Rudras 1214
    277In Praise of Dana Performed in Front of Rudras 1217
    278The Legend of Yajnavalkya 1219
    279Merit of Listenning to the Purana 1230

    Index 1233

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    Book VII: Prabhasa Khanda
    Section I: Prabhasa Ksetra Mahatmya

    1Queries of Sages 1
    2Merit in Gifting purana Texts 5
    3Queries made by Devi 14
    4The Extent of Prabhasa Ksetra 27
    5Sages and Devas Residing in Prabhasa Ksetra 37
    6Greatnes of Somesvara 40
    7The Apperance of Somanatha 44
    8The Glory of Somesvara 53
    9The Garland of Skulls and Tattvas 55
    10Supreme Excellence of Prabhasa 60
    11Origin of Rajabhattarka 64
    12Creation of Yamesvara 83
    13Origin of Arkasthala 84
    14Creation of Siddhesvara 87
    15Origin of Papanasana 90
    16Origin of Sunanda and other Mother Goddesses 90
    17Procedure of worship 92
    18The Birth of Moon God 109
    19Incarnations of Sri Visnu 111
    20Creation of the Moon 119
    21Advice to Propitiate Siva 124
    22Soma Gets a Boon 130
    23Installation of Somesvara 138
    24Importance of Somavara Vrata 148
    25Description of Somavara Vrata 163
    26Greatness of Gandharvesvara 168
    27Greatness of Gandharvasenesvara 168
    28Procedure of the Pilgrimage 169
    29Reason why sea water is not fit for drinking 180
    30Efficacy of the worship of Somesvara 187
    32Vadavanala Outwitted 191
    33The Story of Sarasvati 200
    34The Descent of Sarasvati 209
    35Greatness of Agni Tirtha 212
    36Greatness of Praci Sarasvati 222
    37Importance of Offering a Bracelet 226
    38Kapardi Vinayaka 229
    39Kedaresvara Linga 234
    40Bhimesvara 239
    41Bhairavesvara 240
    42Candisa 241
    43Adityesvara 242
    44Somesvara 243
    45Angaresvara 244
    46Budhesvara 245
    47Brhaspatisvara 245
    48Sukresvara 246
    49Sanaiscaresvara 247
    50Greatness of Rahvisvara 253
    51Greatness of Ketvisvara 255
    52Greatness of Siddhesvara 255
    53Greatness of Kapilesvara 255
    54Greatness of Gandharvesvara 256
    55Greatness of Vimalesvara 257
    56Greatness of Dhanadesvara 257
    58Greatness of Ajapalesvari 260
    59Greatness of Ajadevi 264
    60Greatness of Mangala 266
    61Greatness of Lalitomavasalaksi 267
    62Greatness of Catvaradevi 268
    63Greatness of Bhairavesvara 269
    64Greatness of Laksmisvara 269
    65Greatness of Vadavesvara 270
    66Greatness of Arghyesvara 270
    67Greatness of Kamesvara 271
    68Greatness of Gauri Tapovana 271
    69Greatness of Gaurisvara 274
    70Greatness of Varunesvara 275
    71Greatness of Usesvara 276
    72Greatness of Jalavasaganapati 276
    73Greatness of Kumaresvara 277
    74Greatness of Sakalyesvara 277
    75Greatness of Kalakalesvara 279
    76Greatness of Importance of the Pair of Lakulisa Lingas 281
    77Greatness of Uttankesvara 282
    78Greatness of Vaisvanaresvara 282
    79Greatness of Lakulisvara 283
    80Greatness of Gautamesvara 284
    81Greatness of Sri Daityasudana 284
    82Origin of Cakratirtha 288
    83Greatness of Yogesvari 290
    84Greatness of Adinarayana 295
    85Greatness of Sannihita 298
    86Greatness of Pandeavesvara 300
    87Greatness of Bhutesvara 300
    88Greatness of Nilarudra 302
    89Greatness of Kapalisvara 303
    90Greatness of Vrsavahanesvara 304
    91Greatness of Tryambakesvara 307
    92Greatness of Aghoresvara 308
    93Greatness of Mahakalesvara 309
    94Greatness of Bhariavesvara 310
    95Greatness of Mrtyunjaya 311
    96Greatness of Kamesvara 312
    97Greatness of Yogesvara 314
    98Greatness of Prthvisvara 315
    99Greatness of Dandapani Cakradhara 317
    100Durvasas Curses Samba 321
    101Greatness of Sambaditya 323
    102Greatness of Kantakasodhini 329
    103Greatness of Kapalesvara 329
    104Greatness of Kotisvara 332
    105Greatness of Brahma 333
    106Glorification of Brahmanas 339
    107Procedure of the worship of Brahma 345
    108Greatness of Pratyusesvara 355
    109Greatness of Anilesvara 356
    110Greatness of Prabhasesvara 357
    111Greatness of Rameshvara Ksetra 358
    112Greatness of Laksmanesvaraa 362
    113Greatness of Janakisvara 362
    114Greatness of Vamanasvami 363
    115Greatness of Pukaresvara 364
    116Greatness of Sankhodakakundesvari Gauri 365
    117Greatness of Bhutanahesvara 365
    118Greatness of Gopyaditya 366
    119Greatness of Balatibaladaityaghni 369
    120Greatness of Gopisvara 375

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    121Greatness of Jamadagnyesvara 377
    122Greatness of Citrangadesvara 378
    123Greatness of Ravanesvara 379
    124Greatness of Saubhagyesvari 381
    125Greatness of Paulomisvara 381
    126Greatness of Sandilyesvara 382
    127Greatness of Ksemankaresvara 383
    128Greatness of Sagaraditya 384
    129Greatness of Ugrasenesvara 386
    130Greatness of Pasupatesvara 390
    131Greatness of Dhruvesvara 397
    132Greatness of Siddhalaksmi 400
    133Greatness of Mahakali 401
    134Greatness of Puskaravartaka 402
    135Greatness of Sitalagauri 403
    136Greatness of Lomasesvara 404
    137Greatness of Kankala Bhairava 405
    138Greatness of Trnabindvisvara 405
    139Greatness of Citraditya 405
    140Greatness of Citrapatha River 409
    141Greatness of Kapardicintamani 410
    142Greatness of Citresvara 410
    143Greatness of Vicitresvara 411
    144Greatness of Puskara Kunda 411
    145Greatness of Gajakumbhodara 412
    146Greatness of Yamesvara412
    147Greatness of Brahmakunda 413
    148Greatness of Kundalakupa 420
    149Greatness of Bhairavesvara 424
    150Greatness of Brahmesvara 425
    151Greatness of Savitrisvara Bhariava 425
    152Greatness of Naradesvara Bhairava 426
    153Greatness of Hiranyesvara 427
    154Greatness of Gayatrisvara 430
    155Greatness of Ratnesvara 431
    156Greatness of Garudesvara 431
    157Greatness of Satyabhamesvara 432
    158Glory of Anangesvara 432
    159Greatness of Ratnesvara 433
    160Greatness of Raivatakaraja Bhattaraka 434
    161Greatness of Anantesvara 434
    162Greatness of Astakulesvara 435
    163Greatness of Nasatyesvara 435
    164Greatness of Asvinesvara 436
    165Greatness of Savitri 436
    166Details of Savitri Puja 450
    167Greatness of Bhutamatrka 461
    168Greatness of Salakatankata 471
    169Greatness of Vaivasvatesvara 3471
    170Greatness of Matrganabala Devi 472
    171Greatness of Dasarathesvara 472
    172Glory of Bharatesvara 473
    173Greatness of four Lingas (Kusakesvara etc.) 474
    174Greatness of Kuntisvara 474
    175Greatness of Arkasthala 475
    176Greatness of Siddhesvara 476
    177Greatness of Lakulisa 476
    178Greatness of Bhargavesvara 477
    179Greatness of Madavyesvara 477
    180Greatness of Puspadantesvara 477
    181Greatness of Ksetrapalesvara 478
    182Greatness of Matr Deities 478
    183Greatness of Trisangama 479
    184Greatness of Mankisvara 480
    185Greatness of Devamatrgauri 480
    186Greatness of Nagasthana 481
    187Greatness of Prabhasa Pancaka 482
    188Greatness of Rudresvara 485
    189Greatness of Karmamoti 486
    190Greatness of Moksasvami 486
    191Greatness of Ajigartesvara 487
    192Greatness of Visvakarmesvara 487
    193Greatness of Yamesvara 487
    194Greatness of Amaresvara 488
    195Greatness of Vrddhaprabhasa 488
    196Greatness of Jalaprabhasa 490
    197Greatness of Jamadagnisvara 491
    198Greatness of Pancamaprabhasa Ksetra 492
    199Destruction of Daksa's Sacrifice 493
    200Greatness of Kamakunda 497
    201Greatness of Kalabhairava Smasana 500
    202Greatness of Ramesvara Ksetra 501
    203Greatness of Mankisvara 507
    204Greatness of Sarasvati Sangama 509
    205Greatness of Brhamanas Unfit for Sraddha 511
    206Procedure for Performing Sraddha 519
    207Eligibility (of Brahmanas) for Sraddha 530
    208Brhamanas Eligible for Dana 538
    209Glory of Markandeyesvara 543
    210Greatness of Pulastyesvara 546
    211Greatness of Pulahesvara 547
    212Greatness of Kratvisvara 547
    213Greatness of Kasyapesvara 547
    214Greatness of Kausikesvara 548
    215Greatness of Kumaresvara 548
    216Greatness of Gautamesvara 549
    217Greatness of Glory of Devarajesvara 549
    218Greatness of Manavesvara550
    219Greatness of Markandeyesvara 550
    220Greatness of Vrsabhadhvajesvara 552
    221Greatness of Rnamocana 553
    222Greatness of Rukmavatisvara 554
    223Greatness of Purusottama Tirtha 555
    224Greatness of Indresvara 563
    225Greatness of Anarakesvara 564
    226Greatness of Mehesvara 568
    227Greatness of Balabhadresvara 568
    228Greatness of Bhairavesvara 569
    229Greatness of Ganga 569
    230Greatness of Ganapati 570
    231Greatness of Jambavati Nadi (River) 570
    232Greatness of Pandava Kupa 571
    233Greatness of Pandavesvara 573
    234Greatness of Dasavamedha (Tirtha) 573
    235Greatness of Lingatraya 574
    236Greatness of Durvasaiditya 575
    237Greatness of vajresvara 578
    238Greatness of Hiranya Nadi 586
    239Greatness of Nagararka 587
    240Greatness of Balabhadra Subhadra Krsna 589
    241Greatness of Sesa 590
    242Greatness of Kumari 391
    243Greatness of Mantravali Ksetrapala 593
    244Greatness of Vicitresvara 594
    245Greatness of Brahmesvara 594
    246Greatness of Pinga Nadi 595
    247Greatness of Pingaladitya, Pingadevi & Sukresvara 596
    248Greatness of Brahmesvara 596
    249Greatness of Sangamesvara 597
    250Greatness of Ganesvara 598
    251Greatness of Sankaraditya 598
    252Greatness of Sankaranatha 599
    253Greatness of Guphesvara 599
    254Greatness of Ghantesvara 600
    255Glory of Rsitirtha 600
    256Greatness of Nandaditya 607
    257Greatness of Trita Kupa 611
    258Greatness of Sasapana 613
    259Greatness of Parnaditya 615
    260Greatness of Siddhesvara 616
    261Greatness of Nyankumati 617
    262Greatness of Varahasvami 618
    263Greatness of Chaya Linga 618
    264Greatness of Nandani Gupha 618
    265Greatness of Kanakanada 619
    266Greatness of Kumbhisvara 619
    267Greatness of Gangapathagangesvara 619
    268Greatness of Camasodbheda 620
    269Greatness of Vidurasrama 620
    270Greatness of Praci Sarasvati 621
    271Greatness of Jvalesvara 625
    272Greatness of Tripura Linga Traya 625
    273Greatness of Sanda Tirtha 625
    274Greatness of Surya Praci 626
    275Greatness of Trinetresvara 627
    276Greatness of Umapati 627
    277Greatness of Bhudhara (Yajnavaraha) 628
    278Greatness of Mu (su) Lasthana 630
    279Greatness of Cyavanaditya 637
    280Greatness of Cyavanesvara 639
    281Greatness of Cyanesvara (continued) 642
    282Greatness of Krtya 644
    283Greatness of Cyavanesvara (continued) 647
    284Greatness of Sukanyasaras 648
    285Greatness of Agastyasrama Gangesvara 648
    286Greatness of Balarka 651
    287Greatness of Ajapalesvari 652
    288Greatness of Ajapalesvari 652
    289Greatness of Lingatraya 653
    290Greatness of Somanatha Installed by Kubera 653
    291Greatness of Bhadrakali 657
    292Greatness of Bhadrakali Balarka 658
    293Greatness of Kubera 658
    294Greatness of Ajogandhesvara 659
    295Greatness of Indresvara 661
    296Greatness of Rsitoya Nadi 661
    297Greatness of Rsitoya 662
    298Greatness of Guptaprayaga 665
    299Greatness of Madhava 668
    300Greatness of Sangalesvara 669
    301Greatness of Siddhesvara 670
    302Greatness of Gandharvesvara 671
    303Greatness of Uttaresvara 671
    304Greatness of Ganga 672
    305Greatness of Naradaditya 675
    306Greatness of Sambaditya 678
    307Greatness of Aparanarayana 680
    308Greatness of the birth of Mulacandisa 681
    309Greatness of four faced vinayaka 686
    310Greatness of Kalambesvara 687
    311Greatness of Gopalasvami Hari 687
    312Greatness of Bakulasvami 688
    313Greatness of Uttararka 688
    314Greatness of Confluence of Rsitirtha 688
    315Greatness of Marudarya Devi 689
    316Greatness of Ksemaditya 689
    317Greatness of Kantakasosani 690
    318Greatness of Brahmesvara 691
    319Greatness of Unnata Sthana 692
    320Greatness of Lingadvaya 698
    321Greatness of Brahma 698
    322Greatness of Durgaditya 700
    323Greatness of Ksemesvara 701
    324Greatness of gananatha 701
    325Greatness of Unnata Svami 702
    326Greatness of Mahakala 702
    327Greatness of Mahodaya 703
    328Greatness of Sangamesvara 703
    329Greatness of Unnata Vinayaka 704
    330Greatness of Talasvami 704
    331Greatness of Kalamegha 705
    332Greatness of Rukmini 705
    333Greatness of Pingesvara Bhadra 705
    334Greatness of Talasvami 706
    335Greatness of Sankhavarta Tirtha 712
    336Importance of Gospada Tirtha 713
    337Greatness of Narayana Grha 733
    338Greatness of Jalesvara 734
    339Greatness of Humkara Kupa 741
    340Greatness of Candisvara 742
    341Greatness of God vighnaraja of Asapura 742
    342Greatness of Candresvara Kala Kunda 743
    343Importance of Obeserving the vow of Kapila Sasthi 743
    344Greatness of Jaradgavesvara 746
    345Greatness of Nalesvara 747
    346Greatness of Karkotarka 747
    347Greatness of Hatakesvara 748
    348Greatness of Naradesvari 752
    349Greatness of Mantra vibhusana Gauri 752
    350Greatness of Durga Kuta Ganapati 753
    351Greatness of Karuavesvari 753
    352Greatness of Suparnela 753
    353Greatness of Bhalla Tirtha 754
    354Greatness of Kardamala 757
    355Greatness of Guptesvara 760
    356Greatness of Bahusuvarnakesvara 761
    357Greatness of Srngesvara 761
    358Greatness of Koitsvara 762
    359Greatness of Narayana Tirtha 762
    360Greatness of Srngaresvara 762
    361Greatness of Markandesvara 763
    362Greatness of Markandesvara 763
    363Greatness of Ekadasa Rudra Linga 764
    364Greatness of Gharghara Hrada and Kandesvara 764
    365Greatness of Samvartesvara 764
    366Greatness of Miscellaneous Sthana Lingas 765

    Index 767

    Part XXI


    Publisher's Note v

    Abbreviations xi

    Skanda Purana
    Book VII: Prabhasa Khanda
    Section II: Vastrapathaksetra Mahatmya

    1The Greatness of Damodara 1
    2The Greatness of Bhava 11
    3Principal holy places in Vastrapatha 12
    4The Greatness of Dunnavillahrdgiri 13
    5The Greatness of Gangesvara 13
    6Seven Previous Births of the Deer Faced lady and king Bhoja 14
    7The Greatness of Svarnarekha 26
    8Propitiation of Rudra by Brahma 29
    9The Rise of Bhava 31
    10Sarasvata's advice to king Bhoja 51
    11Pilgrimage to Vastrapatha 52
    12Pilgrimage how it is to be done 56
    13The Importance of Sraddha Dana 59
    14Birth of Somesvara 63
    15The Greatness of Damodara 71
    16The Great Efficacy of Sivaratri 77
    17The Efficacy of Bali's Sacrifice 88
    18Subjugation of Bali 110
    19Dialogue between Sarsvata and Bhoja 133

    Index 137

    Part XXII


    Publisher's Note v

    Abbreviations xi

    Skanda Purana
    Book VII: Prabhasa Khanda
    Section III: Arbuda Khanda

    1A Hollow near the Hermitage of Vasistha 1
    2The acts of Uttanka A disciple of Gautama 4
    3Vasistha's order to nadivardhana to fill up the cleft 9
    4Origin of Acalesvara 13
    5Greatness of Naga Tirtha 15
    6Greatness of Vasistha's Hermitage 18
    7Influence of Acalesvara 19
    8Greatness of Three eyed in the pond of Bhadrakarna 22
    9Eminence of Kedara 23
    10Pilgrimage in the Arbuda Region during kali yuga 29
    11Eminence of Kotisvara 35
    12Greatness of Rupa Tirtha 37
    13Greatness of Visnu 41
    14Greatness of Siddhesvara 47
    15Greatenss of Sukresvara 49
    16Greatness of Manikarnikesvara 51
    17Greatness of Pangu Tirtha 54
    18Gretatness of Yama Tirtha 55
    19Greatness of Varaha Tirtha 57
    20Greatness of Candraprabhasa 59
    21Greatness of Pindodaka Tirtha 62
    22Greatness of Gracious Mother 64
    23Greatness of Sukla Tirtha 72
    24Greatness of Katyayani 74
    25Greatness of Pindaraka Tirtha 77
    26Greatness of Pindaraka Tirtha 79
    27Effect of Cakra Tirtha 81
    28Greatness of the Manusya Tirtha 81
    29Greatness of Kapila Tirtha 83
    30Eminence of Agni Tirtha 93
    31Greatness of Raktanubandha 98
    32Greatness of Vinayaka 102
    33Greatness of Parthesvara 106
    34Greatness of Krsna Tirtha 108
    35Origin of mamu lake 113
    36Origin of Eminent Asrama of Candi 118
    37Origin of Eminent Naga Tirtha 137
    38Origin of Eminent Siva Ganga Pool 140
    39Importance of Offering barley to the worshipable linga of siva 144
    40Eminence of Kamesvara 151
    41Markandeya the origin of his place of Hermitage 154
    42Eminence of Udalakesvara 158
    43Eminence of Siddhesvara 158
    44Effect of Gajatirtha 159
    45Origin of Eminent Devakhata 159
    46Eminence of Vyasa Tirtha 160
    47Greatness of the Hermitage of Gautama 160
    48Eminence of Kulasantavana Tirtha 162
    49Eminence of Rama Tirtha 166
    50Impact of Kotitirtha 168
    51Greatness of Candorudheda Tirtha 169
    52The Commanding peak of the mountain 171
    53Origin of centre of Pilgrimage with Brahma's foot 174
    54Eminence of Tri Puskara 176
    55Greatness of Rudra Lake 178
    56Greatness of the lord of caves 178
    57Greatness of the Undivided Region 179
    58Majesty of Umamahesvara 179
    59Impact of the Mahoujasa Tirtha 180
    60Impact of Jambu Tirtha 181
    61Eminence of Gangadhara Tirtha 183
    62Eminence of Katesvara Gangesvara 183
    63Eminence of fruits of Arbuda as heard of 185

    Index 186

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