The Shiva Purana (English translation)

by J. L. Shastri | 1970 | 616,585 words

This page relates “origin of the second mallikarjuna jyotirlinga” 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.

Chapter 15 - The origin of the Second Mallikārjuna Jyotirliṅga

Sūta said:—

1. Hereafter I shall explain the origin of Mallikārjuna on hearing which the devotee becomes intelligent and rid of all sins.

2. The story of Kumāra has already been mentioned by me. I shall explain it again. It is divine and destructive of all sins.

3-4. When Kumāra, son of Śivā and the powerful enemy of Tāraka returned to Kailāsa, the celestial sage Nāradn came there and told him all the news such as the marriage of Gaṇeśvara and corrupted his mind.

5. On hearing it, Kumāra bowed to his parents and went to the mountain Krauñca[1] though forbidden by his parents.

6. Due to separation from her son, Pārvatī was distressed. Then Śiva enlightened her.

7. O beloved, why are you distressed ? O Pārvatī, do not be grieved. O beautiful lady, our son will certainly return. Let not your excessive grief overpower you.

8. When the distressed Pārvatī did not pay heed to his advice, the celestial sages were sent to Kārttika by Śiva.

9. The gods and the sages, accompanied by their attendants went there joyously to bring back Kumāra.

10. They went there and bowed to Kumāra, implored him in many ways and requested him humbly and respectfully.

11. Agitated by great pride Kumāra did not care for the importunities of the gods and sages, intermingled with Śiva’s behest,

12. Then they returned again to Śiva. After bowing to him and taking leave of him they returned to their abodes.

13. When he did not return, goddess Pārvatī felt severely the pangs of separation from her son. Śiva too was extremely miserable.

14. Grief-stricken and distressed following the conventions of the world, out of affection they went to the place where their son was.

15. Coming to know of the arrival of his parents, from the top of the mountain Kumāra went thirty-six kilometres further out of disregard for their love.

16. When he went further on the Krauñca hill, Śiva and Pārvatī stayed behind assuming the fiery form.

17. Out of filial affection they used to visit Kumāra on the concluding day of every fortnight.

18. Śiva goes there on Amāvasyā day and Pārvatī on the Full Moon day.

19. From that day onwards: that phallic image of Śiva born of Mallikārjuna became famous in the three worlds.

20. He who sees that phallic image becomes rid of all sins and attains all desires. There is no doubt about it.

21. His misery disappears. He obtains supreme happiness. He never suffers from the distress of rebirth in the mother’s womb.

22. There is no doubt that he obtains flourishing wealth, food-grains, fame, health and the fruits of cherished desires.

23. Thus the second Jyotirliṅga Mallika has been narrated. It is the bestower of happiness and the welfare to the world.

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It is a part of Kailāsa on the Mānasarovara is situated.