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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sūta uvāca |
etasminneva kāle tu daśārṇādhipatistadā |
ratnavatyā vivāhārthaṃ tatra sthāne samāgataḥ || 1 ||
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sa śrutvā tatra vṛttāṃtaṃ ratnavatyāḥ samudbhavam |
viraktiṃ paramāṃ kṛtvā prasthitaḥ svapuraṃ prati || 2 ||
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taṃ śrutvā prasthitaṃ bhūpamānartaḥ svapuraṃ prati |
pṛṣṭhato'nuyayau tasya vyāgho ṭanakṛte tadā || 43 ||
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athābravīcca taṃ prāpya kasmāttvaṃ prasthito nṛpa |
pāṇigrahamakṛtvā tu mama kanyāsamudbhavam || 4 ||
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daśārṇa uvāca |
dūṣiteyaṃ tava sutā kanyakātvavivarjitā |
yasyāḥ pīto'dharo'nyena marditau ca tathā stanau || 5 ||
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punarbhūriti saṃjñā sā sañjātā duhitā tava |
punarbhūrjanayetputraṃ yaṃ kadācitkathaṃcana || 6 ||
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sa pātayatyasaṃdigdhaṃ daśa pūrvāndaśāparān |
ekaviṃśatimaṃ caiva tathaivātmānameva ca || 7 ||
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na variṣyāmyahaṃ tena sutāṃ te'haṃ narasipa |
nirdākṣiṇyamiti procya daśārṇādhipatistadā || 8 ||
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chaṃdyamāno'pi vividhairhastyaśvarathapūrvakaiḥ |
avajñāya mahīpālaṃ prasthitaḥ svapuraṃ prati || 9 ||
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athānartto gṛhaṃ prāpya mṛgāvatyāḥ samākulaḥ |
tadvṛttaṃ kathayāmāsa yaduktaṃ tena bhūbhujā |
svabhāryāyāḥ sutāyāśca mantriṇāṃ duḥkhasaṃyutaḥ || 10 ||
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te procuḥ saṃti bhūpālāḥ saṃkhyāhīnā mahītale |
rūpāḍhyā yauvanopetā hastyaśvarathasaṃyutāḥ || 11 ||
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teṣāmekatamasya tvaṃ dehi kanyāṃ nijāṃ vibho |
mā viṣāde manaḥ kṛtvā duḥkhasya vaśago bhava || 12 ||
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ānarto'pi ca tacchrutvā teṣāṃ vākyaṃ suduḥkhitam |
tataḥ prāha prahṛṣṭātmā tānsarvānmantripūrvakān || 13 ||
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tāṃ ca kanyāṃ sthitāṃ tatra sāmnā paramavalgunā |
putri dṛṣṭā mahīpālāḥ sarve citragatāstvayā || 14 ||
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teṣāṃ madhyānnṛpaṃ cānyaṃ kañcidvaraya śobhane |
yaste cittasya santoṣaṃ kurute dṛkpathaṃ gataḥ || 15 ||
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ratnāvatyuvāca |
na cāhaṃ varayiṣyāmi patimanyaṃ kathaṃcana |
daśārṇādhipatiṃ muktvā śrūyatāmatra kāraṇam || 16 ||
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sakṛjjalpaṃti rājānaḥ sakṛjjalpaṃti ca dvijāḥ |
sakṛtkanyāḥ pradīyaṃte trīṇyetāni sakṛtsakṛt || 17 ||
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evaṃ jñātvā na māṃ tāta tvamanyasminmahīpatau |
dātumarhasi dharmo'yaṃ na bhavecchāśvato yataḥ || 18 ||
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ānarta uvāca |
vāṅmātreṇa pradattā tvaṃ daśārṇādhipatermayā |
na te hastagrahaṃ prāpto viprāgnigurusannidhau || 19 ||
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tatkathaṃ sa patirjātastavaḥ putri vadasva me || 20 ||
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ratnāvatyuvāca |
manasā ciṃtyate kāryaṃ sakṛttātapurā yataḥ |
vācayā procyate paścāt karmaṇā kriyate tataḥ || 21 ||
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tanmayā manasā dattastasyātmā'yaṃ purā kila |
tvayā ca vācayā cāsmai pradattāsmi tathā vibho |
tatkathaṃ na patirme syādbrūhi vā yadi manyase || 22 ||
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sāhaṃ tapaścariṣyāmi kaumāravratadhāriṇī |
nānyaṃ patiṃ kariṣyāmi niścayo'yaṃ mayā kṛtaḥ || 23 ||
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tacchrutvā vacanaṃ raudraṃ mātā tasyā mṛgāvatī |
aśrupūrṇekṣaṇā dīnā vākyametaduvāca ha || 24 ||
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mā putri sāhasaṃ kārṣīstapo'rthaṃ tvaṃ kathañcana |
bālā tvaṃ sukumārāṃgī sadaiva sukhabhāginī || 25 ||
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kathaṃ tapaḥ samarthāsi vidhātuṃ tvamaniṃdite |
kandamūlaphalāhārā cīravalkaladhāriṇī || 26 ||
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tasmānmukhyasya bhūpasya kasyacitvāṃ dadāmyaham || 27 ||
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eṣā te brāhmaṇīnāma sakhī paramasaṃmatā |
pratīkṣate vivāhaṃ te kaumāraṃ bhāvamāśritā || 28 ||
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yasya bhūpasya tvaṃ harmye prayāsyasi vivāhi tā |
purodhāstasya yo rājño bhāryeyaṃ tasya bhāvinī || 29 ||
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ratnāvatyuvāca |
na ca bhūyastvayā vācyaṃ vākyamevaṃvidhaṃ kvacit |
madarthe yadi me prāṇāstvaṃ vāṃchasi sutaiṣiṇī || 30 ||
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athavā tvaṃ haṭhārthaṃ ca tapovighnaṃ kariṣyasi || 31 ||
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tatastyakṣyāmyahaṃ dehaṃ bhakṣayitvā mahadviṣam |
khaṃḍayiṣyāmyahaṃ jihvāṃ pravekṣyāmi ca vā jalam || 32 ||
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evaṃ sā niścayaṃ kṛtvā procya tāṃ jananīṃ tadā || 33 ||
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tataḥ provāca tāṃ kanyāṃ brāhmaṇīṃ saṃmatāṃ sakhīm |
kṛtāṃjalipuṭā bhūtvā samāliṃgya ca sādaram || 34 ||
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gaccha tvaṃ svapiturharmyaṃ preṣitāsi mayā śubhe |
yena te yacchati pitā nāgarāya mahātmane || 35 ||
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kṣamasva yanmayā proktā kadācitparuṣaṃ vacaḥ |
tvayāpi yanmama proktaṃ kṣāṃtaṃ caitanmayā dhruvam || 36 ||
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brāhmaṇyuvāca |
aṣṭavarṣā bhavedgaurī navavarṣā tu rohiṇī |
daśavarṣā bhavetkanyā ata ūrdhvaṃ rajasvalā || 37 ||
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kaumāryaṃ ca praṇaṣṭaṃ me tvatsaṃparkādvarānane |
jātaṃ ṣoḍaśakaṃ varṣaṃ strīdharmeṇa samanvitam || 38 ||
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na me pāṇigrahaṃ kaścinnāgaro'tra kariṣyati |
budhyamānastu smṛtyarthaṃ vakṣya māṇaṃ varānane || 39 ||
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rajasvalāṃ ca yaḥ kanyāmudvāhayati nirghṛṇaḥ |
tasyāḥ santānamāsādya pātayetpuruṣāndaśa || 40 ||
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rajasvalā tu yaḥ kanyāṃ pitā yacchati nirghṛṇaḥ |
sa pātayedasaṃdigdhaṃ daśa pūrvāndaśāparān || 41 ||
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tasmādahaṃ kariṣyāmi tvayā sārdhaṃ tapaḥ śubhe |
pitrā naiva hi me kāryaṃ na ca mātrā kathaṃcana || 42 ||
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sūta uvāca |
evaṃ te niścayaṃ kṛtvā kanyake dve dvijotamāḥ |
gate yatra sthitaḥ sākṣādbhartṛyajño mahāmuniḥ || 43 ||
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sthito vāstupade ramye sarvatīrthamaye śubhe |
tasya tapaḥprabhāvena jātu kopo na dṛśyate || 44 ||
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kasyacitkvāpi martyasya tiryagyoniga tasya ca |
krīḍaṃti nakulāḥ sarpairmārjārāḥ saha mūṣakaiḥ || 46 ||
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sāraṃgā dvīpibhiḥ sārdhaṃ kākāśca saha kauśikaiḥ |
bhartṛyajñaṃ sukhāsīnaṃ tatra gatvā tu te śubhe |
procaturvinayopete kṛtāṃjalipuṭe sthite || 46 ||
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brāhmaṇyuvāca |
ahaṃ sakhyā samaṃ yātā hyanayā rājakanyayā |
tapo'rthe tava pādāṃte tadbrūhi tapaso vidhim || 47 ||
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vadasva yena tatkṛtsnaṃ prakaromi mahāmate || 48 ||
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bhartṛyajña uvāca |
ahaṃ te kathayiṣyāmi tapaścaryāvidhiṃ pṛthak |
yena saṃprāpyate mokṣaḥ ki punastridaśālayaḥ || 49 ||
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cāṃdrāyaṇāni kṛcchrāṇi tathā sāṃtapanāni ca |
ṣaṣṭhe kāle tathā bhojyaṃ dināṃtaritameva ca || 50 ||
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brahmakūrcaṃ trirātraṃ ca ekabhaktamayācitam |
tapodvārāṇi sarvāṇi kṛtānyetāni vedhasā || 51 ||
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svaśaktyā caiva kāryāṇi rāgadveṣavivarjitaiḥ |
vāṃchitavyaṃ phalaṃ caiva sarveṣāmeva putrike |
tataḥ siddhimavāpnoti yā sadā manasi sthitā || 52 ||
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samatvaṃ śatrumitrābhyāṃ tathā pā ṣāṇaratnayoḥ |
yadā saṃjāyate citte tadā mokṣamavāpnuyāt || 53 ||
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yo liṃgagrahaṇaṃ kṛtvā tataḥ kopaparo bhavet |
tasya vṛthā hi tatsarvaṃ yathā bhasmahutaṃ tathā || 54 ||
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sūta uvāca |
sā tathetipratijñāya brāhmaṇī sahitā tayā |
ratnāvatyā jagāmātha kiṃciccaiva jalāśayam || 55 ||
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svacchodakena saṃpūrṇaṃ padminīṣaṃḍamaṃḍitam |
tataścāṃdrāyaṇaṃ cakre tapasaḥ prathamaṃ vratam || 56 ||
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tataḥ kṛcchravrataṃ cakre tataḥ sāṃtapanaṃ ca sā |
ṣaṣṭhānnakālabhojyā ca sā cābhūdvatsaratrayam || 57 ||
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trirātropoṣaṇaṃ paścādyāvadvarṣatrayaṃ tathā |
ekāntaropavāsaiśca sā'nayadvatsaratrayam || 58 ||
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hemaṃte jalamadhyasthā sā babhūva tapasvinī |
paṃcāgnisādhakā grīṣme sā babhūva yaśasvinī || 59 ||
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nirāśrayā'bhavatsādhvī varṣākāla upasthite |
dhyāyamānā divānaktaṃ devadevaṃ janārdanam || 60 ||
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yadyadvrataṃ purā cakre brāhmaṇī sā ca suvratā |
anyaṃ jalāśayaṃ prāpya sā taccakre nṛpātmajā |
prītyā paramayā yuktā tadā sā dvijasa ttamāḥ || 61 ||
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tato varṣaśataṃ sārdhaṃ phalāhārā babhūva sā |
śīrṇaparṇāśanā paścāttāvanmātraṃ vyavasthitā || 62 ||
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tataścaiva jalāhārā yāvadvarṣaśatāni ṣaṭ |
vāyubhakṣā babhūvātha sahasraṃ parivatsarān || 63 ||
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yathāyathā tapaścakre sā kumārī dvijottamāḥ |
tathātathā'bhavattasyāstejovṛddhiranuttamā || 64 ||
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etasminneva kāle tu bhagavāñchaśiśekharaḥ || 65 ||
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gauryā saha prasannātmā tasyā gocaramāgataḥ |
meghagaṃbhīrayā vācā tatovacanamabravīt || 66 ||
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vatse taponivṛttiṃ tvaṃ kuruṣva vacanānmama |
prārthayasva mano'bhīṣṭaṃ yena sarvaṃ dadāmi te || 67 ||
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brāhmaṇyuvāca |
abhīṣṭametadevaṃ me yattvaṃ dṛṣṭo'si śaṃkara |
svapne'pi darśanaṃ deva durlabhaṃ te nṛṇāṃ yataḥ || 68 ||
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bhagavānuvāca |
na me syāddarśanaṃ vyarthaṃ kathaṃcitsutapasvini |
tasmādvaraya bhadraṃ te varaṃ yena dadāmyaham || 69 ||
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brāhmaṇyuvāca |
eṣā me susakhī sādhvī rājaputrī yaśasvinī |
khyātā ratnāvatīnāma prāṇebhyo'pigarīyasī || 70 ||
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mama tulyaṃ tapaścakre śūdrayonāvapi sthitā |
nivartate tu yadyeṣā tapasastu nivartanam |
karomyadya jagannātha tadahaṃ saṃśayaṃ vinā || 71 ||
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asyāḥ snehena saṃtyakto mayā bhartā sureśvara |
tasmāddeva varaṃ dehi tvamasyā manasi sthitam || 72 ||
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sūta uvāca |
tasyāstadvacanaṃ śrutvā bhagavāñchaśiśekharaḥ |
abravīdrājaputrīṃ tāṃ meghagaṃbhīrayā girā |
vatse madvacanādadya tapastvaṃ tyaktumarhasi || 73 ||
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varaṃ varaya kalyāṇi nityaṃ manasi saṃsthitam |
adeyamapi dāsyāmi sāṃprataṃ tava bhāmini || 74 ||
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ratnāvatyuvāca |
etajjalāśayaṃ puṇyaṃ padminīṣaṇḍa maṇḍitam || 75 ||
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yatraiṣā brāhmaṇī sādhvī nityaṃ ca tapasi sthitā |
asyā nāmnā ca vikhyātiṃ tīrthametatprapadyatām || 76 ||
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atra yaḥ kurute snānaṃ śraddhayā parayā yutaḥ |
tasya bhūyātsadā vāso devadeva triviṣṭape au || 77 ||
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madīyaṃ mama nāmnā tu śūdrāsaṃjñaṃ tu jāyatām |
tasya tulyaprabhāvaṃ tu tīrthasya pratipadyatām || 78 ||
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āvābhyāṃ nityaśaḥ kāryaṃ kumāratve mahattapaḥ |
ārādhyastvaṃ suraśreṣṭho vāṅmanaḥkarmabhistathā || 79 ||
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etasminneva kāle tu nirbhidya dharaṇītalam |
liṃgaṃ māheśvaraṃ viprā niṣkrāṃtaṃ sūryasaṃnibham || 80 ||
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tataḥ provāca te devaḥ svayameva maheśvaraḥ |
tābhyāṃ sutapasā tuṣṭaḥ sādaraṃ bhaktavatsalaḥ || 81 ||
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etattīrthadvayaṃ khyātaṃ trailokyepi bhaviṣyati |
śūdrīnāma tvadīyaṃ tu brāhmaṇī ca sakhī tava || 82 ||
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tīrthadvaye'pi yaḥ snātvā etasmiñchraddhayā'nvitaḥ |
tvattaḥ padmāni saṃgṛhya asyāstoyaṃ ca nirmalam |
etacca māmakaṃ liṃgaṃ snāpayitvā'rcayiṣyati || 83 ||
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paścātpadmaiścaturdaśyāṃ śuklāyāṃ somavāsare |
caitre māsi ca saṃprāpte cirāyuḥ sa bhaviṣyati || 84 ||
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sarvapāpavinirmukto yadyapi syātsupāpakṛt || 85 ||
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evamuktvā sa bhagavāṃstataścādarśanaṃ gataḥ |
tatra nityaṃ ca tapasi sthite sakhyāvubhāvapi || 86 ||
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yāvatkalpaśataṃ tāvajjarāmaraṇavarji te |
adyāpi gagane te ca dṛśyete tārakātmake || 87 ||
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tataḥprabhṛti tatkhyātaṃ tīrthayugmaṃ dharātale |
āgatyātha naro dūrāttābhyāṃ kṛtvā nimajjanam || 88 ||
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pūjayitvā tu talliṃgaṃ tato yāti divālayam |
mahāpātakayukto'pi tatprabhāvādasaṃśayam || 89 ||
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etasminnaṃtare martye naṣṭā dharmasya ca kriyā |
yajñadānakṛtā yā ca devārcanasamudbhavā || 90 ||
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vyāptastathākhilaḥ svargo mānavaiḥ spardhayānvitaiḥ |
sārdhaṃ devairvimānasthairapsarogaṇasevitaiḥ || 91 ||
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etasminneva kāle tu dharmarājaḥ samāyayau |
yatra vedadhvanirbrahmā brahmalokaṃ samāśritaḥ || 92 ||
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abravīdduḥkhito dīnaḥ kṣiptvāgre patrakadvayam |
ekaṃ pāpasamudbhūtamanyaddharmasamudbhavam || 93 ||
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citreṇa likhitaṃ yacca vicitreṇa tathā param |
hāṭakeśvaraje kṣetre devatīrthayugaṃ sthitam || 94 ||
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śūdrākhyaṃ brāhmaṇīnāma tathānyatpadmamaṃḍitam |
tathā tatrāsti liṃgaṃ ca puṇyaṃ māheśvaraṃ mahat || 95 ||
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trayāṇāmatha teṣāṃ ca prabhāvātsarvamānavāḥ |
api pāpasamāyuktāḥ prayāṃti tridaśālayam || 96 ||
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śūnyā me narakā jātāḥ sarve te rauravādayaḥ || 97 ||
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na kaścidyajanaṃ cakre na dānaṃ na ca tarpaṇam |
devatānāṃ pitṝṇāṃ ca manuṣyāṇāṃ viśeṣataḥ || 98 ||
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tasmānmukto mayā sarvo yo'dhikārastavodbhavaḥ |
niyojayasva tatrānyaṃ kañcicchaktatamaṃ tataḥ || 99 ||
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apramāṇaṃ sthitaṃ sarvametatpatradvayaṃ mama |
tacchrutvā padmajaḥ prāha samānīya śatakratum || 100 ||
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gatvā śīghratamaṃ martye tvaṃ śakra vacanānmama |
hāṭakeśvaraje kṣetre tīrthadvayamanuttamam || 101 ||
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śūdryākhyaṃ brāhmaṇītyeva yacca liṃgamanuttamam |
tatrasthaṃ nāśaya kṣipraṃ kṛtvā pāṃsupravarṣaṇam || 102 ||
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sūta uvāca |
tacchrutvā satvaraṃ śakro gatvā bhūmitalaṃ tataḥ |
pāṃsubhiḥ pūrayāmāsa te tīrthe liṃgameva ca || 103 ||
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adyāpi kalikāle'smindvābhyāṃ gṛhya sumṛttikām |
snātvā ca tilakaṃ kāryaṃ sarvapāpaviśuddhaye || 104 ||
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caturdaśīdine prāpte somavāre ca saṃsthite |
dvābhyāṃ yaḥ kurute śrāddhaṃ śraddhayā parayā yutaḥ |
gayāśrāddhena kiṃ tasya manuḥ svāyaṃbhuvo'bravīt || 105 ||
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etadvaḥ sarvamākhyātaṃ yatpṛṣṭo'smi dvijottamāḥ |
yathā sā brāhmaṇī jātā śūdrī cāpi tathāparā || 106 ||
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yaścaitacchṛṇuyādbhaktyā paṭhedvā dvijasattamāḥ |
so'pi taddinajātpāpānmucyate nātra saṃśayaḥ || 107 ||
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evaṃ naro na kaḥ siddhastasya liṃgasya pūjanāt |
cirāyuśca tathā jāto yathānyo nātra vidyate || 108 ||
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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 198

Cover of edition (2007)

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by G. V. Tagare (2007)

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by S. N. Khandelwal (2016)

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by Navabharat Publishers, Kolkata (0)

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by Sahitya Sangam, Ahemdabad (2017)

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

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