The Linga Purana

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

This page describes The procedure for the gift of golden horse which is chapter 39 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 39 - The procedure for the gift of golden horse

Sanatkumāra said:

1. I shall mention the rite of the gift of golden horse. It is conducive to victory. It is more excellent than the horse sacrifice. O sage of good holy rites, I shall mention it. Listen.

2-9. With the gold of a thousand and eight gold coins or of a hundred and eight gold coins the devotee shall make the image of a horse endowed with all the characteristics and having all ornaments. It shall have the five[1] auspicious marks. It shall be of divine shape and form. It shall be endowed with all characteristics and shall have all the limbs and all the weapons. It shall be like the excellent vehicle of Indra. After placing the horse endowed with all attributes in the middle of the Maṇḍapa the devotee shall consider it to be on a par with Uccaiśśravas and worship it with devotion. To the east of it a brahmin who has mastered the Vedas shall be made to sit. He shall be worshipped as if he is Indra. He shall be given five gold coins. That horse shall be given to a devotee of Śiva. After making the gift of the golden horse the devotee shall worship the preceptor also in accordance with the extent of his wealth or he shall be given five gold coins. The devotee shall delight the wretched, the blind, the miserly, the helpless children, old men, lean and sick ones by giving them food. In particular, be shall feed the brahmins.

The man who performs this holy rite of giving away the gold horse enjoys the pleasure of Indra for a long time. He attains great prosperity.

Footnotes and references:


pañca-kalyāṇa-sampanna [sampannam]—pāde mukheṣu śvetavarṇam Śivatoṣiṇī. the nails of whose hoofs are white.

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