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 CXXXV - The Viranavami Vratas etc

Brahma said:—A votary having fasted on the day of the ninth phase of the moon’s increase in the month of ashvin, should worship the Goddess and the Brahmanas, and mentally recite, a hundred thousand times, the Mantra which is held as principally sacred to her. This Vrata is called Vira Navami.

Brahma said:—By worshipping the goddess with the offerings of Damanaka twigs on the day of the ninth phase of the moon’s increase in the month of Chaitra(?), a man acquires enough merit to be above all desires, sufferings, and defeats in life. Such a man bears a kind of charmed life against sword cuts, etc., and is immune from the horrors of violent or premature death. This Vrata is called Damanaka Navami.

Brahma said:—A votary should worship the Goddess Durga on the day of the tenth phase of the moon's increase in the month of ashvin. The Vrata thus undertaken should be practised for a year under the auspices of the same lunar phase, each month. It should be concluded by making a gift of ten cows and the golden images of the presiding Deities of the quarters of heaven to the Brahmanas. The merit of the performance entitles its practiser of the suzerainty of the universe. This Vrata is called Digdashami.

Brahma said:—For worshipping the Rishis on the day of the eleventh phase ot the moon with various kinds of offerings, a man is rewarded with wealth, beauty and progeny, and is glorified in the region of the celestial saints. The Rishis such as, Marichi, Atri, Angirasa, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu, Pracheta, Vashishta, Bhrigu and Narada should be worshipped in the month of Chaitra with garlands of Damanaka flowers. I have finished describing the Ashokashtami, Vira-Navami, Damanaka-Navami, and Digdashami Vratas.

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