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 CXXXIV - Maha Kausika Vratas etc

Brahma said:—Now I shall recite the Maha-Kaushika Mantra, which ranks foremost in respect of merit. [Here follows a recitation of the Maha-Kaushika Mantra.]

An animal consecrated with the Maha-Kaushika Mantra should be sacrificed at the south-west angle of the sacrificial ground, and the rite of ceremonial ablution should be done unto the king in front of the sacrificial offering. The king should cut with one blow of his sword a rice-paste image of bis adversary, bits of which should be dedicated to Skanda and Vishikha.

The Matrikas should be worshipped in the night by reciting the Mantra, which runs as,

“Obeisance to Bramhani, Maheshi, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Mahendri, Chamunda, Chandika, Jayanti, Mangala, Kali, Bhadrakali, Kapalini, Durga, sh iva, Kshama, Dhatri, Svaha, and Svadha.”

The image of the Goddess should be bathed with milk, and virgins, maidens, Brahmanas and Chandalas should be sumptuously feasted and propitiated with money gifts. By worshipping the Goddess with the offerings of banners, poles, cars, cloths, etc., under the auspicies of the Maha-Navami, a votary can win kingdoms and victories in war.

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