by J. L. Shastri | 1970 | 616,585 words
This page relates “march of virabhadra” as found in the Shiva-purana, which, in Hinduism, represents one of the eighteen Mahapuranas. This work eulogizes Lord Shiva as the supreme deity, besides topics such as cosmology and philosophy. It is written in Sanskrit and claims to be a redaction of an original text consisting of 100,000 metrical verses.
2. Receiving his command, with his head bowed down in reverence, Vīrabhadra set off immediately to the place of sacrifice.
3. To add lustre to the campaign, Śiva sent crores of Gaṇas, very valorous and equal to the fire of dissolution.
4. Those powerful Gaṇas enthusiastic and gay both preceded and followed Vīrabhadra.
5. All the personal attendants of Kālakāla assuming the form of Rudra accompanied Vīrabhadra in their hundreds and thousands.
6. Accompanied by these Gaṇas, the noble-souled Vīrabhadra who had the same dress, features and embellishments as Śiva went ahead in a chariot. He had a thousand arms each like hoods of the serpent king. He was powerful and terrifying.
8. Many strong lions, tigers, crocodiles, huge fishes and thousands of elephants constituted his body-guard.
10. During the festivities of their march, the Gaṇas eulogised the heroic Vīrabhadra who was carrying out the job of Śiva and they exhibited their enthusiasm.
13-14. Eager in executing the command of Śiva, they accompanied the marching heroes—Ḍākinī, Śākinī, Bhūtas, Pramathas, Guhyakas, Kūṣmāṇḍas, Parpaṭas, Caṭakas, Brahma-Rākṣasas, Bhairavas and Kṣetrapālas and set out quickly for the destruction of Dakṣa’s sacrifice.
16. O Nārada, listen to the numerical strength of the most important and courageous of those groups.
19. The chief of Gaṇas, Jvālakeśa went with twelve crores; Dhīmān with seven crores and Dudrabha with eight crores.
20. Kapālīśa with five crores and the Sandāraka group. with six crores; Koṭikuṇḍa with crores of crores.
21. Viṣṭambha, the most excellent of the Gaṇas, went with sixty-four crores of heroes. O dear, Sannāda and Pippala went with a thousand crores.
22. Āveśana went with eight crores and Candratāpana too with eight crores. Mahāveśa, the chief of Gaṇas, was accompanied by a thousand crores.
23. O sage, Kuṇḍī the most excellent of the Gaṇas and Pavataka went each with twelve crores in order to destroy Dakṣa’s sacrifice.
25. Agnikṛt with hundred crores; Agnimukha with a crore; Ādityamūrdhā and Ghanāvaha each with a crore.
28. Kākapādodara and Santānaka both excellent chiefs of Gaṇas went with sixty crores each.
29. Mahābala as well as Puṅgava went with nine crores each.
30. O dear, the chief of Gaṇas, Madhupiṅga was the leader of ninety crores. Pūrṇabhadra also started with as many attendants.
31. Caturvaktra, the chief of Gaṇas, started with hundred crores.
35. Thus at the bidding of Śiva, the heroic Vīrabhadra went ahead followed by crores and crores, thousands and thousands, hundreds and hundreds of Gaṇas.
36. The hero was accompanied by thousands of crores of goblins, and three crores of canine species born of the hair of Śiva. He went ahead quickly.
37. Trumpets and drums sounded loudly. Conchs blew in diverse ways. Horns of all kinds were blown.
38. In that joyous festivity various musical instruments were played in a pleasing manner.
39. While the march ofVīrabhadra was in progress, O great sage, many pleasing fortutious omens occurred.
Footnotes and references:
Nalva is a measure of distance equal to four hundred (or according to some authorities one hundred four) cubits.
See Note No. g P. 3.
prathamaṃ śailaputrīti dvitīyaṃ brahmacāriṇī |
tṛtīyaṃ candraghaṇṭeti kūṣmāṇḍeti caturthakam ||
pañcamaṃ skandamāteti ṣaṣṭhaṃ kātyāyanīti ca |
saptamaṃ kālarātriśca mahāgaurīti cāṣṭamam ||
navamaṃ siddhidātrī ca navadurgāḥ prakīrtitāḥ |
None of these names occurs in the present counting of the nine Durgās.