The Linga Purana

by J. L. Shastri | 1951 | 265,005 words | ISBN-10: 812080340X | ISBN-13: 9788120803404

This page describes The mode of gifting the mountain of gingelly seeds which is chapter 30 of the English translation of the Linga Purana, traditionally authored by Vyasa in roughly 11,000 Sanskrit verses. It deals with Shaiva pilosophy, the Linga (symbol of Shiva), Cosmology, Yugas, Manvantaras, Creation theories, mythology, Astronomy, Yoga, Geography, Sacred pilgrimage guides (i.e., Tirthas) and Ethics. The Lingapurana is an important text in Shaivism but also contains stories on Vishnu and Brahma.

Chapter 30 - The mode of gifting the mountain of gingelly seeds

Sanatkumara said:

1-3. Now I shall narrate the excellent rite of Tilaparvata dāna (gift of a mountain of gingelly seeds). This rite shall be performed in the same spot as is mentioned before and at the same auspicious occasion. It shall be performed on a beautiful level plot of ground. O sage, after duly worshipping the staff fixed on the bare ground without an altar it shall be sprinkled with water. The staff shall have the length of ten palms of hands. After sprinkling the staff with water the excellent brahmin devotee shall put gingelly seeds over it. He shall water that spot with Pañcagavya.

4-5. The learned devotee shall draw the mystic diagram as before all round. New cloth shall be spread over the ground and beautiful flowers shall be scattered. Bhāras of gingelly seeds shall be piled up there. If the pile of gingelly-seeds is higher than the staff by a Daṇḍa, it shall be glorified as the excellent one.

6. O leading sages, if it is four aṅgulas shorter in height than before it is the middle one. If it is of the same height as the staff it is of mean order. No mound shall be made shorter in height than the staff.

7. It shall be wrapped with new cloth all round and duly worshipped. After fixing Sadya and others he shall worship them in accordance with the injunctions.

8. The deities mentioned before shall be duly installed in all the eight quarters. Each of the deities shall be duly made with three golden pieces.

9. The monetary gift shall be duly offered as in the case of the rite of Tulā Bhāra. O excellent sages, the Homa too shall be just as it has been mentioned before.

10-13. The worship of Śiva shall be performed by means of thousand Kalaśas. One shall have the vision of Umāpati, the lord of Devas seated in the middle of the mound of the gingelly seeds. The devotee shall worship the lord of the chiefs of Devas surrounded by the guardians of the quarters, seated in the middle of the mound of gingelly seeds. In fact, the lord shall be in the form of the mountain mound of gingelly seeds. After performing the rite of worship in accordance with the injunctions, the lord shall be ritualistically discharged. The devotee shall give away the mountain of gingelly seeds as a present unto a brahmin well-versed in the Śrutis but poor. Thus, the rite of gift of a mountain of gingelly seeds has been mentioned to you. It is the greatest of all rites of charitable gifts.

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