The Linga Purana

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

This page describes The mode of gifting Vishnu which is chapter 44 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 44 - The mode of gifting Viṣṇu

Sanatkumāra said:

1-4. Hereafter, I shall mention another rite which is the greatest of all excellent gifts. At the time and spot mentioned before, in the Maṇḍapa, in the middle of the Kuṇḍa or on the bare ground in the presence of Śiva, the devotee shall out of affection worship Viṣṇu and the lotus-born deity by means of the following mantras along with the Praṇava duly uttered.

“We know Nārāyaṇa. We meditate on Vāsudeva. Hence, may Viṣṇu urge and guide us.”

Svāhā unto Brahmā the old brahmin, to the creator of the universe, to Śiva, to Hari. Svadhā, Vauṣaṭ and Vaṣaṭ.”

5-9. After worshipping in accordance with the injunctions he shall perform Homa. All materials shall be offered for Homa by two priests in accordance with the injunctions. There shall be two Ṛtviks who have mastered the Vedas through a preceptor. With them in view, the devotee shall give monetary gifts to the brahmins. One hundred and eight gold coins to each of them separately is decent. Garments, ornaments and other adornments shall accompany the gift. Though the preceptor is one he represents the glorious Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara. They shall be given the gift, separately. The brahmins shall be fed. Worship of Śiva shall be performed beginning with ablution, etc. in due order.

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