by G. P. Bhatt | 1955 | 243,464 words
This is the Brahma Purana in English (translation from Sanskrit), which is one of the eighteen Maha Puranas. The contents of this ancient Indian encyclopedic treatise include cosmology, genealogy (solar dynasty etc.), mythology, geology and Dharma (universal law of nature). The Brahma Purana is notable for its extenstive geological survey includin...
3-16. By visiting Kṛṣṇa on the Mahājyeṣṭhī day he obtains the benefit as is obtained when the rites of ablution and charitable gifts are performed in the following holy places, rivers, etc. during the solar eclipse. They are—Prayāga, Kurukṣetra, Naimiṣa Puṣkara, Gayā, Gaṅgādvāra, Kuśāvarta, the confluence of Gaṅgā and the ocean, Kokāmukha, Śūkara, Mathurā, Marusthala (the holy desert region), Śālagrāma, Vāyutīrtha, Mandara, the confluence of Sindhu and the ocean, Piṇḍāraka, Citrakūṭa, Prabhāsa, Kanakhala, Śaṅkhoddhāra, Dvārakā, Badarikāśrama, Lohakuṇḍa, Aśvatīrtha that liberates one from all sins, Kāmālaya, Koṭitīrtha, Amarakaṇṭaka, Lohārgala, Jambūmārga, Somatīrtha, Pṛthūdaka, Utpalāvartaka, Pṛthutuṅga, Sukubjaka, Ekāmraka, Kedāra, Kāśī, Viraja, Kālañjara, Gokarṇa, Śrīśaila, Gandhamādana, Mahendra, Malaya, Vindhya, Pāriyātra, Himalaya, Sahya, Śuktimān, Gomanta, Arbuda, Gaṅgā, Tīrthas on the bank of Yaraunā, Sarasvatī, Gomatī, seven rivers Brahmaputra, Godāvarī, Bhimarathī, Tuṅgabhadrā, Narmadā, Tāpī, Payoṣṇī, Kāverī, Kṣiprā, Carmaṇvatī, Vitastā, Candrabhāgā, Śatadrū, Bāhudā, Ṛṣikulyá, Kumāri, Vipāśā, Dṛṣadvatī, Sarayū, Gaṅgā, Gaṇḍakī Mahānadī, Kauśikī, Karatoyā, Trisrotá, Madhuvāhinī, Mahānadī, Vaitaraṇī and other rivers not mentioned there. O excellent brahmins, of what avail is much talk? All holy centres, all holy shrines, oceans, mountains, rivers, lakes, etc. on the earth.
17. Hence, O excellent sages, those who are desirous of attaining their longed-for benefit, will assiduously go to Puruṣottama on the Mahājyeṣṭhī day.
18-20. By visiting Rāma and Kṛṣṇa together with Subhadrā on the Mahājyeṣṭhī day the devotee goes to the world of Viṣṇu after uplifting his family.
After enjoying great and excellent pleasures there, till the dissolution of all living beings he returns to this place when the merit dwindles. He will then be born as a brahmin mastering the four vedas.
He will be devoted to his own duty. He will be peaceful. He will be a devotee of Kṛṣṇa. He will conquer his sense-organs. By adopting the Yoga pertaining to Viṣṇu, he will attain salvation.