Skanda Purana [sanskrit]

876,996 words | ISBN-10: 8170800978 | ISBN-13: 9788170800972

This Sanskrit edition of the Skandapurana. It is one of the largest of the eighteen Mahapuranas, covering over 80,000 shlokas (verses). It is divided into seven large section each covering holy regions detailing their background and legends.

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skaṃda uvāca |
gabhastimālinigate kāśīṃ trailokyamohinīm |
punaściṃtāmavāpoccairmaṃdarastho mune haraḥ || 1 ||
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nādyāpyāyāṃti yoginyo nādyāpyāyāti tigmaguḥ |
pravṛttirapi me kāśyāścitramatyaṃta durlabhā || 2 ||
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kimatra citraṃ yatkāśī madīyamapimānasam |
niścalaṃ caṃcalayati gaṇanā ketaresure || 3 ||
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adhākṣipamahaṃ kāmaṃ trijagajjittvaraṃdṛśā |
aho kāśyabhilāṣotra māmeva dunuyāttarām || 4 ||
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kāśīpravṛttimanveṣṭuṃ kaṃ vā prahiṇuyāmitaḥ |
jñātuṃ ka eva nipuṇo yataḥ sa caturānanaḥ || 5 ||
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ityāhūya vidhātāraṃ bahumānapuraḥsaram |
tatropaveśya śrīkaṃṭhaḥ provāca caturānanam || 6 ||
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yoginyaḥ preṣitāḥ pūrvaṃ preṣitotha sahasraguḥ |
nādyāpi te nivartaṃte kāśyāḥ kalaśasaṃbhava || 7 ||
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sā samutsukayetkāśī lokeśa mama mānasam |
prākṛtasya janasyeva caṃcalākṣīva kācana || 8 ||
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maṃdaretra ratirme na bhṛśaṃ suṃdarakaṃdare |
anacchatucchapānīye nakrasyevālpapalvale || 9 ||
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nā bādhiṣṭa tathā māṃ sa tāpo hālāhalodbhavaḥ |
kāśīvirahajanmātra yathā māmatibādhate || 10 ||
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śītaraśmiḥ śiraḥsthopi varṣanpīyūṣasīkaraiḥ |
kāśīviśleṣajaṃ tāpaṃ nāho gamayituṃ prabhuḥ || 11 ||
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vidhe vidhehi me kāryamārya dhurya mahāmate |
yāhi kāśīmitastūrṇaṃ yatasva ca mamehite || 12 ||
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brahmaṃstvameva tadvetsi kāśī tyajanakāraṇam |
maṃdopi na tyajetkāśīṃ kimu yo vetti kiṃcana || 13 ||
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adyaiva kiṃ na gaccheyaṃ kāśīṃ brahmansvamāyayā |
divodāsaṃ svadharmasthaṃ na tūllaṃghitumutsahe || 14 ||
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vidhe sarvavidheyāni tvameva vidadhāsi yat |
iti ceti ca vaktavyaṃ tvayyapārthamatokhilam || 15 ||
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ariṣṭaṃ gaccha paṃthāste śubhodarko bhavatvalam |
ādāyājñāṃ vidhi mūrdhni yayau vārāṇasīṃ mudā || 16 ||
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sitahaṃsarathastūrṇaṃ prāpya vārāṇasīṃ purīm |
kṛtakṛtyamivātmānamamanyata tadātmabhūḥ || 17 ||
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haṃsayānaphalaṃ medya jātaṃ kāśīsamāgame |
kāśī prāptau yataḥ proktā aṃtarāyāḥ padepade || 18 ||
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dṛśi dhāturabhūdya madṛśo prāpya sānvayaḥ |
spaṣṭaṃ dṛṣṭipathaṃ prāptā yadeṣā'naṃdavāṭikā || 19 ||
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svayaṃ siṃcati yā madbhiḥ svābhiḥ svargataraṃgiṇī |
yatrānaṃdamayā vṛkṣā yatrānaṃdamayā janāḥ || 20 ||
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nirviśaṃti sadā kāśyāṃ phalānyānaṃdavaṃtyapi |
sadaivānaṃdabhūḥ kāśī sadaivānaṃdadaḥ śivaḥ || 21 ||
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ānaṃdarūpā jāyaṃte tena kāśyāṃ hi jaṃtavaḥ |
caraṇau carituṃ vittastāveva kṛtināmiha || 22 ||
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caraṇau vicaretāṃyau viśvabhartṛ purī bhuvi |
tāveva śravaṇau śrotuṃ saṃvidā te bahuśrutau || 23 ||
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iha śrutimatāṃ puṃsāṃ yābhyāṃ kāśī śrutā sakṛt |
tadeva manute sarvaṃ manastviha manasvināma || 24 ||
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yenānumanyate caiṣā kāśī sarvapramāṇabhūḥ |
buddhirbudhyati sā sarvamiha buddhimatāṃ satām |
yayaitaddhūrjaṭerdhāma dhṛtaṃ sva viṣayīkṛtam || 25 ||
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varaṃ tṛṇāni dhānyāni tāni vātyāhatānyapi |
kāśyāṃ yānyā pataṃtīha na janāḥ kāśyadarśanāḥ || 26 ||
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adya me saphalaṃ cāyuḥ parārdhadvaya saṃmitam |
yasminsati mayā prāpi duṣprāpā kāśikā purī || 27 ||
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aho me dharmasaṃpattirahome bhāgyagauravam |
yadadrākṣiṣamadyāhaṃ kāśīṃ sucira ciṃtitām || 28 ||
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adya me svatapo vṛkṣo manorathaphalairalam |
śivabhaktyaṃbunā siktaḥ phalitoti bṛhattaraiḥ || 29 ||
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mayā vyadhāyi bahudhā sṛṣṭiḥ sṛṣṭiṃ vitanvatā |
paramanyādṛśī kāśī svayaṃ viśveśa nirmitiḥ || 30 ||
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iti hṛṣṭamanā vedhā dṛṣṭvā vārāṇasīṃ purīm |
vṛddhabrāhmaṇarūpeṇa rājānaṃ ca dadarśa ha || 31 ||
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jalārdrākṣatapāṇiśca svastyuktvā pṛthivībhuje |
kṛtapraṇāmo rājñātha bheje taddattamāsanam || 32 ||
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kṛtamāno nṛpatinā sobhyutthānāsanādibhiḥ |
vipro vyajijñapadbhūpaṃ pṛṣṭāgamanakāraṇam || 33 ||
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brāhmaṇa uvāca |
bhūpāla bahukālīnosmyahamatra ciraṃtanaḥ |
tvaṃ tu māṃ naiva jānāsi jāne tvāṃ hi ripuṃjayam || 34 ||
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paraḥśatā mayā dṛṣṭā rājāno bhūridakṣiṇāḥ |
vijitānekasaṃgrāmā yāyajūkā jiteṃdriyāḥ || 35 ||
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viniṣkṛtāriṣaḍvargāḥ suśīlāḥ sattvaśālinaḥ |
śrutasyapāradṛśvāno rājanītivicakṣaṇāḥ || 36 ||
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dayādākṣiṇyanipuṇāḥ satyavrataparāyaṇāḥ |
kṣamayā kṣamayātulyā gāṃbhīryajitasāgarāḥ || 37 ||
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jitaroṣarayāḥ śūrāḥ saumyasauṃdaryabhūmayaḥ |
ityādi guṇasaṃpannāḥ susaṃcitayaśodhanāḥ || 38 ||
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paraṃ dvitrāḥ pavitrā ye rājarṣe tava sadguṇāḥ |
teṣveṣu rājasu mama prāyaśo na dṛśaṃ gatāḥ || 39 ||
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prajānijakuṭuṃbastvaṃ tvaṃ tu bhūdevadaivataḥ |
mahātapaḥ sahāyastvaṃ pathānānye tathā nṛpāḥ || 40 ||
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dhanyo mānyosi ca satāṃ pūjanīyosi sadguṇaiḥ |
devā api divodāsa tvattrāsānna vimārgagāḥ || 41 ||
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kiṃ naḥ stutyā tava nṛpa dvijānāmaspṛhāvatām |
kiṃ kurmastvadguṇagrāmāḥ stāvakānnaḥ prakurvate || 42 ||
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goṣṭhī tiṣṭhatviyaṃ tāvatprastutaṃ staumi sāṃpratam |
yaṣṭukāmosmyahaṃ rājaṃstvāṃ sahāyamato vṛṇe || 43 ||
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tvayā rājanvatī caiṣā'vaniḥ sarvardhibhājanam |
ahaṃ cāstidhano rājannyāyopāttamahādhanaḥ || 44 ||
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iyaṃ ca rājadhānī te karmabhūmāvanuttamā |
yasyāṃ kṛtānāṃ kāryāṇāṃ saṃvartepi na saṃkṣayaḥ || 49 ||
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saṃcitaṃ yaddhanaṃ puṃbhirnayasanmārgagāmibhiḥ |
tatkāśyāṃ viniyujyeta kleśāyetarathā bhavet || 46 ||
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mahimānaṃ paraṃ kāśyāḥ kopi veda na bhūpate |
ṛte trinayanācchaṃbhoḥ sarvajñānapradāyinaḥ || 47 ||
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manye dhanyatarosi tvaṃ bahujanmaśatārjitaiḥ |
sukṛtaiḥ pāsi yatkāśīṃ viśvabhartuḥ parāṃ tanum || 48 ||
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kāśī trijagatīsārastrivedī sāra eva vai |
trivargottarasāraśca nirṇīteti maharṣibhiḥ || 49 ||
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viśveśānugraheṇaiva tvayaiṣā pālyate purī |
ekasyāpyavanātkāśyāṃ trailokyamavitaṃ bhavet || 50 ||
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anyacca te hitaṃ vacmi yadi te rocate'nagha |
prīṇanīyaḥ sadaivaiko viśveśaḥ sarvakarmabhiḥ || 51 ||
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anyadevadhiyā rājanviśveśaṃ paśya mā kvacit |
brahmaviṣṇviṃdra caṃdrārkā krīḍeyaṃ tasya dhūrjaṭeḥ || 52 ||
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viprairudarkamicchadbhiḥ śikṣaṇīyā yato nṛpāḥ |
atastava hitaṃ khyātaṃ kiṃ vā me ciṃtayānayā || 53 ||
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iti joṣaṃ sthitaṃ vipraṃ pratyuvāca nṛpottamaḥ |
sarvaṃ mayā hṛdi dhṛtaṃ yattvayoktaṃ dvijottama || 54 ||
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rājovāca |
ahaṃ yiyakṣamāṇasya tava sāhāyyakarmaṇi |
dāsosmi yajñasaṃbhārānnayameko śato'khilān || 55 ||
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yadasti mekhilaṃ tatra saptāṃgepi bhavānprabhuḥ |
yajasvaikamanābrahmansiddhaṃ manyasva vāṃchitam || 56 ||
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rājyaṃ karomi yadbrahmansvārthaṃ tanna manāgapi |
putraiḥ kalatrairdehenaparopakṛtaye yate || 57 ||
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rājñāṃ kratukriyābhyopi tīrthebhyopi samaṃtataḥ |
prajāpālanamevaiko dharmaḥ prokto manīṣibhiḥ || 58 ||
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prajāsaṃtāpajovahnirvajrāgnerapi dāruṇaḥ |
dvitrāndahati vajrāgniḥ pūrvo rājyaṃ kulaṃ tanum || 59 ||
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yadāvabhṛthasisrāsurbhaveyaṃ dvijasattama |
tadā viprapadāṃbhobhirabhiṣekaṃ karomyaham || 60 ||
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havanaṃ brāhmaṇamukhe yatkaromi dvijottama |
manye kratukriyābhyopi tadviśiṣṭaṃ mahāmate || 61 ||
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abhilāṣeṣu sarveṣu jāgartyeko hṛdīha me |
adyāpi mārgaṇaḥ kopi draṣṭavyaḥ svatanorapi || 62 ||
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aho ahobhirbahubhiḥ phalito me manorathaḥ |
yattvaṃ medya gṛhe prāptaḥ kiṃcitprārthayituṃ dvija || 63 ||
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ekāgramānaso vipra yajñānvipuladakṣiṇān |
bahūnyajakṛtaṃ viddhi sāhāyyaṃ sarvavastuṣu || 64 ||
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iti rājño mahābuddherdharmaśīlasya bhāṣitam |
śrutvā tuṣṭamanāḥ sraṣṭā kratusaṃbhāramāharat || 65 ||
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sāhāyyaṃ prāpya rājarṣerdivodāsasya padmabhūḥ |
iyāja daśabhiḥ kāśyāmaśvamedhairmahāmakhaiḥ || 66 ||
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adyāpi homadhūmoghairyadvyāptaṃ gaganāṃtaram |
tadā prabhṛti na vyoma nīlimānaṃ jahātyadaḥ || 67 ||
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tīrthaṃ daśāśvamedhākhyaṃ prathitaṃ jagatītale |
tadā prabhṛti tatrāsīdvārāṇasyāṃ śubhapradam || 68 ||
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purā rudrasaro nāma tattīrthaṃ kalaśodbhava |
daśāśvamedhikaṃ paścājjātaṃ vidhiparigrahāt || 69 ||
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svardhunyatha tataḥ prāptā bhagīrathasamāgamāt |
atīva puṇyavajjātamatastattīrthamuttamam || 70 ||
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vidhirdaśāśvamedheśaṃ liṃgaṃ saṃsthāpya tatra vai |
sthitavānna gatodyāpi kvāpi kāśīṃ vihāya tu || 71 ||
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rājño dharmaratestasya cchidraṃ nāvāpa kiṃcana |
ataḥ purāreḥ purato vrajitvā kiṃ vadedvidhiḥ || 72 ||
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kṣetraprabhāvaṃ vijñāya dhyāyanviśveśvaraṃ śivam |
brahmeśvaraṃ ca saṃsthāpya vidhistatraiva saṃsthitaḥ || 73 ||
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parātanuriyaṃ kāśī viśveśasyeti niścitam |
asyāḥ saṃsevanācchaṃbhurna kupyati puro mayi || 74 ||
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kaḥ prāpya kāśīṃ durmedhāḥ punastyaktumiheha te |
anekajanmajanitakarmanirmūlanakṣamām || 75 ||
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viśvasaṃtāpasaṃhartuḥ sthāne viśvapatestanuḥ |
saṃtāpyatetarāṃ kāśyā viśleṣaja mahāgninā || 76 ||
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prāpya kāśīṃ tyajedyastu samastāghaughanāśinīm |
nṛpaśuḥ sa parijñeyo mahāsaukhyaparāṅamukhaḥ || 77 ||
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nirvāṇalakṣmīṃ yaḥ kāṃkṣettyaktvā saṃsāradurgatim |
tena kāśī na saṃtyājyā yadyāptaiśādanugrahāt || 78 ||
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yaḥ kāśīṃ saṃparityajya gacchedanyatra durmatiḥ |
tasya hastatalādgaccheccaturvargaphalodayaḥ || 79 ||
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nibarhaṇī madhaughasya supuṇya paribṛṃhiṇīm |
kaḥ prāpya kāśīṃ durmedhāstyajenmokṣasukhapradām || 80 ||
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satyaloke kva tatsaukhyaṃ kva saukhyaṃ vaiṣṇave pade |
yatsaukhyaṃ labhyate kāśyāṃ nimeṣārdhaniṣevaṇāt || 81 ||
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vārāṇasīguṇagaṇānnirṇīya druhiṇastviti |
vyāvṛtya maṃdaragiriṃ na punaḥ pratyagānmune || 82 ||
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skaṃda uvāca |
mitrāvaruṇayoḥ putra mahimānaṃ bravīmi te |
kāśyāṃ daśāśvamedhasya sarvatīrthaśiromaṇeḥ || 83 ||
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daśāśvamedhikaṃ prāpya sarvatīrthottamottamam |
yatkiṃcitkriyate karma tadakṣayamiheritam || 84 ||
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snānaṃ dānaṃ japo homaḥ svādhyāyo de vatārcanam |
saṃdhyopāstistarpaṇaṃ ca śrāddhaṃ pitṛsamarcanam || 85 ||
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daśāśvamedhike tīrthe sakṛtsnātvā narottamaḥ || 9 ||
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dṛṣṭvā daśāśvamedheśaṃ sarvapāpaiḥ pramucyate || 86 ||
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jyeṣṭhe māsi site pakṣe prāpya pratipadaṃ tithim |
daśāśvamedhike snātvā mucyate janmapātakaiḥ || 87 ||
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jyeṣṭhe śukla dvitīyāyāṃ snātvā rudrasarovare |
janmadvayakṛtaṃ pāpaṃ tatkṣaṇādeva naśyati || 88 ||
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evaṃ sarvāsu tithiṣu kramasnāyī narottamaḥ |
āśuklapakṣadaśami pratijanmāghamutsṛjet || 89 ||
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tithiṃ daśaharāṃ prāpya daśajanmāghahāriṇīm |
daśāśvamedhike snāto yāmīṃ paśyenna yātanām || 90 ||
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liṃgaṃ daśāśvamedheśaṃ dṛṣṭvā daśaharā tithau |
daśajanmārjitaiḥ pāpaistyajyate nātra saṃśayaḥ || 91 ||
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snāto daśaharāyāṃ yaḥ pūjayelliṃgamuttamam |
bhaktyā daśāśvamedheśaṃ na taṃ garbhadaśā spṛśet || 92 ||
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jyeṣṭhe māsi site pakṣe pakṣaṃ rudrasare naraḥ |
kurvanvai vārṣikīṃ yātrāṃ na vighnairabhibhūyate || 93 ||
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daśāśvamedhāvabhṛthairyatphalaṃ samyagāpyate |
daśāśvamedhe tannūnaṃ snātvā daśaharā tithau || 94 ||
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svardhunyāḥ paścime tīre natvā daśahareśvaram |
na durdaśāmavāpnoti pumānpuṇyatamaḥ kvacit || 95 ||
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yatkāśyāṃ dakṣiṇadvāramaṃtargehasya kīrtyate |
tatra brahmeśvaraṃ dṛṣṭvā brahmaloke mahīyate || 96 ||
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iti brāhmaṇaveṣeṇa vārāṇasyāṃ mahādhiyā |
druhiṇena sthitaṃ tāvadyāvadviśveśvarāgamaḥ || 97 ||
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divodāsopi rājeṃdro vṛddhabrāhmaṇarūpiṇe |
brahmaṇe kṛtayajñāya brahmaśālāmakalpayat || 98 ||
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brahmeśvarasamīpe tu brahmaśālā manoharā |
brahmā tatrāvasadvyoma brahmaghoṣairninādayan || 99 ||
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iti te kathito brahmanmahimātimahattaraḥ |
daśāśvamedhatīrthasya sarvāghaughavināśanaḥ || 100 ||
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śrutvādhyāyamimaṃ puṇyaṃ śrāvayitvā tathaiva ca |
brahmalokamavāpnoti śraddhayā mānavottamaḥ || 101 ||
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iti śrīskāṃde mahāpurāṇa ekāśītisāhasryāṃ saṃhitāyāmuttarārddhe caturthe kāśīkhaṃḍe daśāśvamedhavarṇanaṃnāma dvipaṃcāśattamo'dhyāyaḥ || 52 ||
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Other print editions:

Also see the following print editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Skandapurana Chapter 2

Cover of edition (2007)

The Skanda-Purana
by G. V. Tagare (2007)

(23 Volumes) - Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

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Cover of edition (2016)

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by S. N. Khandelwal (2016)

(Set of 10 Books) - Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office

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Cover of Bengali edition

Skanda Purana in Bengali
by Navabharat Publishers, Kolkata (0)

স্কন্ধ পুরাণম: - (Set of 7 Volumes)

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Cover of edition (0)

Skanda Purana in Kannada
by Vandana Book House, Bangalore (0)

ಶ್ರೀ ಸ್ಕಾಂದ ಮಹಾಪುರಣಂ: (Set of 25 Volumes)

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Cover of Gujarati edition

Skanda Mahapurana (Gujarati)
by Sahitya Sangam, Ahemdabad (2017)

સ્કંદ મહાપુરાણ: (Condensed/Summary)

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Cover of edition (2015)

Shri Skanda purana (Malayalam)
by M.P. Pillai kaniyanthara (2015)

(Condensed/Summary) - Devi Book Stall, Kodungallur

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