by G. P. Bhatt | 1955 | 127,137 words
This is the English translation of the Gautami-Mahatmya, which forms the fourth part of the Brahma-purana. The Gautamimahatmya narrates the legends and merits of the various holy places (tirthas) situated around the bank of the Godavari river in 105 chapters. It can be seen as distinct work by itself, and was declared as a “highly meritorious puran...
1. The holy centre Devāgama is auspicious and it fulfils all cherished desires. It yields worldly pleasures and liberation to all men. It causes gratification of the manes.
3-4. Heaven belonged to Devas and the Earth to Asuras. Having support of the Karmabhūmi (the Earth where one can perform holy rites and enjoy their fruits) the Asuras scattered themselves everywhere. Then the Asuras began to kill those who offered shares in Yajñas to Devas. Thereupon the groups of Devas were deprived of their shares in Yajñas.
5-6. They were distressed. They came to me and said, “What should be done?” Devas were advised by me thus: “Defeat Asuras with your might. You will reach Earth and receive holy rites and great renown.”
Saying “So be it” Devas who had decided upon a war went to Earth.
10. All those demons made great efforts in fighting in the southern quarter. They stationed themselves in the southern ocean.
11. Formerly the excellent mountain Trikūṭa belonged to Rākṣasas. All of them went to the southern ocean through the forests therein along with those (Dānavas etc.).
12. All of them assembled on the mountain Malaya. This Malaya region also belonged to the enemies of Devas.
14. Seated in their respective chariots Devas of pure thoughts came to the banks of Gautamī, the mother of rivers.
16. What shall be our means, should we be defeated by the enemies? Only one of these two shall be conducive to our welfare, victory or death. Fie upon the life of those who are overcome by the enemies (especially if) they are intelligent and noble-minded!
17-19. In the meantime, O son, an unembodied voice spoke:
The Ethereal Voice said:
20-22. From Hari and Īśa who were pleased the heaven-dwellers obtained the desired victory. They went all round protecting the lands.
The place where Devas arrived and gathered together be came well known as Devāgama. Sages, the knowers of truth, praise Devāgama.
There are eighty thousand Śivaliṅgas there, O Nārada.
The mountain Devāgama is also called Priya. Thenceforth that holy centre is known as Devapriya.