The Garuda Purana

by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1908 | 245,256 words | ISBN-13: 9788183150736

The English translation of the Garuda Purana: contents include a creation theory, description of vratas (religious observances), sacred holidays, sacred places dedicated to the sun, but also prayers from the Tantrika ritual, addressed to the sun, to Shiva, and to Vishnu. The Garuda Purana also contains treatises on astrology, palmistry, and preci...

Chapter XXVIII - The mode of worshipping the Gopala Manifestation of Vishnu

Suta said:—I will now describe the adoration of Gopala which yeilds emancipation and enjoyment. In the door Dhata, Vidhata, Ganga with Yamuna, the Nidhis Sangka and Padma, Sharanga, Sharabha and Shri should be adored. In the east should be adored Bhadra and Subhadra, in the south Chanda and Prachanda, in the west Vala, and Pravala and Jaya and Vijaya in the north. In the four doors Shri, Gana, Durga and Sarasvati should be adored.

In the south-east and other corners of the field Narada, Siddhas, the preceptor, Nalakuvara should be adored. In the east the worshipper should adore Vishnu, his asceticism and power. Then in the middle he should adore the family of Vishnu, the Saktis, the tortoise, Ananta, earth, religion, knowledge and disassociation from the world. He should adore prosperity in the south-east and the manifest self in the north. He should then adore the Sattva guna identical with Prakriti (nature), and Rajas identical with Moha (stupefaction) and Tamas, the lotus and the principle of egoism, learning, the great principle and the solar and lunar discs. Then in the east he should adore Vimala and other seats with the mantrams Shrim, Hrim, salutation unto the dearest lord of milk-men, Svaha. This is the mantram.

In the eastern corners of the diagram of the heart he should adore his weapons viz Achakra, Suchakra, Vichakra, the discus Sudarshana, which protects the three worlds and destroys the Asuras. Then in the east he should adore the Saktis namely Rukshmini, Satyabhama, Sunanda, Nagnajiti, Lakshmana, Mitravrinda, Jamvavati and Sushita. Then in the east he should also adore his conch-shell, discus, club, lotus, mace, the Shranga bow, sword, noose, goad, the mystic mark Srivatsa, and the jewel Kaus-tava. He should then adore his crown, garland of wild flowers, his Indra and other flags, Kumudas, Vishvaksena and Krishna along with Shri. By reciting his name and adoring him one attains all desired for objects.

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