The Linga Purana

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

This page describes The rite of conquering Death which is chapter 53 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 53 - The rite of conquering Death

The sages said:

1-5. O Sūta, it behoves you to recount now the rite of conquering death relating to the Brahmins, Kṣatriyas and Vaiśyas. O sage of great intellect, you are omniscient.

Sūta said:—

O excellent brahmins, I shall mention the rite of conquering death. Of what avail is much talk? Repeating the Rudrādhyāya mantras the devotee perforins a hundred thousand Homas with ghee, in due order. For Homas the following materials can be used: Gingelly seeds with ghee, lotus, Dūrvā grass mixed with ghee and cow’s milk, honey, Caru along with ghee or mere milk. Thus the remedy against Death or the god of Death has been recounted.

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