The Nilamata Purana
by Dr. Ved Kumari | 31,992 words
Om auspiciousness. Salutation to the auspicious Ganes'a. Salutation to the venerable Vasudeva Om....
1301. By taking bath in the Madava, one gets the merit of (the gift of) thousand cows and by seeing the river named Sandhya, one is freed from all sins.
1302. Not going to the unfaithful, she approaches nicely one who is possessed of unfailing vow. By merely seeing there the holy place of Agni, one is honoured in the world of Agni.
1303-4. Holy is the river Citrapatha and so also Mrgananda and Mrga. One gets the merit of (the gift of) a a hundred cows thtough every one of these, namely, Godavari, Vaitarani, auspicious Mandakini, Candrabhaga and Gomati, the remover of all sins and fears.
1305-6. The sins of a person who bathes at the place where the boly Citrapatha and the great river Madava meet, are destroyed. Moreover, he attains heaven and purifies his family. O king, these great rivers have been described to you.
1307. Their confluences are sacred and give heaven as award. Sacred is the mountain Citrakuta where Uma was married.
1308. There is the celestial ointment by anointing the body with which, a mall becomes possessed of a beautiful form and good gifts.
1309-11. There is Gavyasara and Pancagavyasara. O king, there are flve other (lakes) and also the sacred Tailasara, the sacred Udvartanasara, the sacred Atasisara, Siddharthakasara and the (lake filled witb the) water of tbe Myrobalan fruit (amalakavari) . There is the holy Madhuparkasara and thc holy Usnodaka. One obtains heaven by seeing every one of these.
1312. One is honoured in heaven by climbing up the Citrakuta. There is a holy place named Saptarsi which gives the fruit of all desires.
1313. The offering of boiled rice to Saptarsi is more efficacious than (the performance of) one thousand Asvamedhas, one hundred Rajasuyas and (the gift of) one lac cows.
1314. O king, funeral ceremonies, charity, recital of the name of the God, bath, sacrifice and worship, all these become imperishable when performed at that place.
1315. Having arrived at Vastrapada, one is honoured in the world of Rudra and after reaching Chagalesvara, one gets one's desire fulfilled.
1316. Having become an attendant of Rudra, one enjoys oneself in His company. By reaching the source of Parosni, one obtains the merit of (the gift of) one thousand cows.
1317. After bathing in Usnodaka one gets the merit of giving one thousand cows in charity and having reached Sahasradhara, one is honoured in the world of Visnu.
1318-1320. Visnu, while stepping over the worlds, crcated that lake by means of his foot, so it is called Kramasara as is the other place Visnupada. When the god Brahma performed Vedic sacrifices there, then that Kramasara came to be spoken of as the destroyer of all sins. When there was the abode of the Naga Kaundinya, then that place became famous by the name Kaundinyasara only.
1321-22a. By worshipping the gods and the manes, by seeing three beautiful peaks (named) Brahma, Visnu and Mahesvara, and after having taken bath therein, one certainly obtains the three worlds of those (gods) .
1222b-23. O lord of the earth, one attains heaven a saves one's family by seeing the sacrificial place of Brahma there. By seeing there the beautiful Ksirasara, one is released from sins.
1324. By bathing on the dark 14th after reaching the source of the Samara, one is freed frorn all the sins and is honoured in the world of Rudra.
1325. I have narrated to you the sacred places which are near and which remove the sins of all. What else should I tell you ?"
1326. Gonanda (spoke): "O twice-born, with (your) sins burnt by austerites, tell me about the prominent tirthas in Kasmira and about the merit which can be obtained by taking bath in them."
1327-28. Brhadasva (said): "The sacred great river named Kaundinya originating from the lake Kramasara gives, through bath, the merit of (performing) Pundarika. And the holy river Ksira is the giver of the merit of (the gift of) a hundred cows. One gets the merit of (giving) one thousand cows by bathing in the confluence of both of them.
1329. A man becomes devoid of grief and possessed of wealth, by taking bath in the Visoka and obtains the holy merit of (performing) Devasattra.
1330. O chief of the kings, one gets the merit of (performing) Vajapeya, by taking bath at the place where the Kaundini meets the Visoka.
1331. A man gets (the merit of performing) the sacrifice Gosava, by taking bath at Vrddhatirtha. Vasuki - the lord of the Bhujagas - is always present there.
1332. By bathing in Devasara, a man obtains the world of gods and by bathing at Agnitirtha he obtains the world of Agni.
1333. In the south-eastern portion of Devasara is present the river named Sarasvati, by bathing in which, a man goes to heaven.
1334. A man obtains the merit of (the gift of) a hundred cows by bathing in two tirthas, one in front of Vinatasvami and the other near Kadrusvami.
1335. O giver of honour, there is the goddess Samdhya, the holy river, by bathing in which, sin is removed from the body and one goes to heaven.
1336-37. Samdhya Puskarini is another (holy place) which gives the merit equal to that of the previous one. One is honoured in heaven after plunging with devotion into the holy Brahmanakundika and after seeing the holy place bearing three names Nilakunda, Vitastakhya and Sulaghata.
1338-39. Having reached Vinasana, one gets the merit of (the performance of) Vajapeya. Charity, funeral ceremonies and penance (performed) at Brahmanakundika and Nilakunda, are stated to be imperishable. By bathing in Vitastonmajjana, one obtains the merit of (giving ) one thousand cows.
1340. O lord of the earth, by bathing in Pancahastsaka, one obtains the (merit of performing) five sacrifices which a householder is required to perform daily.
1341. Lokapunya is, verily, the remover of all sins. By bathing in Kapotaka, a man gets the merit of giving a cow.
1342. O best of the kings, Vitastonmajjana in the hermitage of Visnu in front of Nrsimha is holy. One is honoured in the world of Visnu (by bathing in that).
1343-44. The merit of (the gift of) one thousand cows accrues for him who bathes in the Dhyanadharini, and by bathing in the sin-destroying confluence of the Vitasta and the Dhyanadharini, a man obtains the holy merit of (performing) Vajapeya. Having entered the Dhyanadharini, the Vitasta disappeared at that place.
1345. The river Visoka, concealing herself, reached that place soon. The merit of (perforrning) Rajasuya is considered to accrue at the confluence of these two at Dhaumyasrama.
1346. By seeing Caturvedi, a man gets the merit of giving a daughter (in marriage).
Having arrived at the Harsapatha, a human being obtains much gold.
1347. By reaching the source of Trikoti, one is freed from all sins and having reached the source of the Candravati, one is honoured in the world of the Moon.
1348. By bathing in Devatirtha one becomes a god and gets a son. And by bathing in Trikoti, a man is honoured in the world of the gods.
1349. By bathing in Harsapatha, one is honoured in the world of Sakra and by bathing in Candravati one gets the merit of (giving) ten cows.
1350. Holy is the river Harsapatha and so also is Candravati. The wise say that there accrues (the merit of the performance of) Rajasuya at the confluence of these two.
1351. The area beginning from the confluence of Trikoti up to Raupycsvara Hara should be regarded equal (in merit) to Varanasi or even more powerful.
1352. One attains the world of Rudra by taking bath in Kapatesvara and is honoured in the world of Rudra (by taking bath) in the holy Visalingahrada.
1353. O lord of the earth, one attains the world of Rudra and saves one's family by taking bath in the Vitasta in front of Vijayesvara.
1354. One is honoured in the world of Visnu by taking bath in front of Pingalesa and the same merit is stated to accrue from a bath at the hermitage of Khandapuccha.
1355. By taking bath in Pundarika, a man gets the merit of (performing) Pundarika sacrifice and by bathing in Surparka, one obtains the merit of the gift of cows.
1356. One who gives food in charity at the confluence of the Vitasta and the Dhyanadharini, gets merit which remains imperishable so long as there are the fourteen Indras.
1357-58. All the scred places are present, at that time, in the hermitage of Narasimha. O lord of men, the area beginning from the confluence of the Vitasta and the Dhyanadharini up to the worthy abode of the Naga Kalpasodasa is as holy as Priayaga.
1359. By taking bath in Gangodbheda near Bhedadevi, a man obtains the merit of bathing in the Ganga and is honoured in heaven.
1360-61. By plunging in the holy Katha, one gets the merit of the gift of ten cows and by badling in Aujasa in front of Dharmaraja, one does not reach the state of misery and obtains the merit of (performing) Vajapeya.
1362. O king, one enjoys endlessly, the meals offered after death at that holy place, specially on the dark fifteenth of the month Asvayuj.
1363. One is honoured in the world of Visnu by taking bath at Narayanasthana and a similar merit is stated to accrue at Ramatirtha and Bhavotsa.
1364. By taking bath at Sailaprstha and the holy place of Vaisravana, one is sure to possess wealth, wherever he may be born.
1365. Having bathed at Kamatirtha, a man obtains the fulfilment of his desires and having bathed at Apasarastirtha, he becomes possessed of beauty.
1366. By bathing at Rsitirtha, one becomes pure like a sage and by bathing in Vaitaram, one does not reach the state of misery.
1367-68. One gets the merit of the gift of cows by arriving at Rsikulya, Devakulya, Asvatirtha, Prabhasa, Varuna, Vahnitirtha, Candratirtha Nagatirtha, Cakratirtha and Vamana.
1369. A man is honoured in heaven after having bathed at Madatirtha, Skandatirth and Suresvaritirtha.
1370. Having arrived at Madhuri, one gets the merit of giving one prastha of sesame in charity and by bathing in her confluence with Vitasta, one is removed from sins.
1371. One is honoured in the world of Rudra by seeing the mountain Mahadeva after having a plunge in the Mahuri in front of Tripuresa.
1372. By bathing at Amaresa, a man may get the merit of (the gift of) a hundred cows and by bathing in the Malini, one may get the merit of giving ten cows.
1373. Having bathed at Pandavatirtha, one enjoys the merit of (performing) the five sacrifices and having arrived at Uccesatirtha, one is honoured in the world of Rudra.
1374-75. One gets much gold by bathing in the water of the Ramahrada. O king, the merit of (bathing) both at the confluence of the Malini with the Sindhu and at the place where the Ramahrada meets the Sindhu is stated to be equal to (that of the performance of) Rajasuya and Asvamedha.
1376. One gets one thousand cows and becomes rich by taking bath at the place where the Kanakavahini joins the Sindhu.
1377-79. Holy is the river Pavana. (There is also) the Rajobinduvinirmala, by taking bath in which a man obtains the merit of performing) Pundarika. The merit of (performing Rajasuya is considered to be accruing at the holy confluence of these two rivers) . The area, beginning from that place and extending up to Ciramocana is regarded as sacred as that of Varanasi.
1380. The sacred place Cirapramocana is stated to be the provider of the way to heaven. The presence of all the tirthas at that place has been mentioned by me.
1381. Leaving their clothes there, the seven sages went to heaven. By bathing there, even those who are sinners, go to heaven.
1382-83. One gets the merit of (the gift of) one thousand cows by taking bath in Sodara. The merit of (the performance of) Rajasuya and Asvamedha is stated to accrue from both (the places), for a person who visits the confluence ol the Kanakavahini where meets also the holy river Kalodaka.
1384. The wise say that by bathing in the confluence of the Sindhu and the Vitasta, specially on the full-moon day of the month Prausthapada, one obtains the merit of (the performance of) Asvamedha.
1385. One gets the merit of (performing) Pundarika by taking bath in Patratirtha and saves one's family through bath in the Apaga.
1386. By taking bath in the lake Manasa, especially on the full-moon day of the month of Asadha, one gets the merit of (performing) Agnistoma. There is no need to doubt this.
1387-88. One obtains the merit of (performing) Vajapeya, (by bathing) in the lake Mahapadma. A man gets the merit of (performing) Agnistoma by bathing in the holy river Hiranya which takes rise from the Haramunda.
1389. One gets the merit of (performing) Asvamedha, especially on full-moon day, (by bathing) at the place where Hiranya meets the holy lake Mahapadma.
1390. By bathing at Bahurupa, one is honoured in the world of Visnu. This, O best among men, is stated to be the ment at Bahurupa.
1391-93. O king, the lord of men, it is stated by the sages - perceivers of true essence - that the merit of the gift of ten cows accrues separately at each sacred place, namely, the good sacred place Satasrnga, the sacred place of Vaisravana, the sacred place near Bhurjasvami, the places sacred to the Vasus, the Rudras, the Sadhyas, the Maruts, all the gods, tlse Bhrgus and the Angiras.
1394. The merit of (the gift of) a hundred cows has been formerly stated for each of the (two) places where the Biilasa and the Silama meet the Vitasta.
1395. The best amongst men immediately purifies his family by taking bath at the place where the river Kularani meets the Vitasta.
1396. One gets the merit of (performing) Atiratra by having a plunge in Puskara and that of Agnistoma by bathing at the holy place of the seven sages.
1397. A man attains the world of Visnu and saves his family by reaching the sacred place Varaha in the water of Vitasta.
1398. A man surely obtains the world of Visnu by bathing in the water of the Vitasta at Narayanasthana.
1399. For one who is bathed in both (the rivers) at the place where the river Gotranadi approaches the Vitasta, the merit of (the gift of) one thousand cows is pronounced.
1400-1403. The river Madhuri is specially holy like Mathura. One obtains the merit arising from the gift of a cow by taking bath in every one of these viz. the Satanila, the Samala, the river Vimalodaka, the holy river Rahula; the great river Srimadhya, the second Suddha, the Samula, the Surasa. A man gets the merit of giving ten cows by plunging in the confluences of all these (rivers) separately. Having bathed in Anantatirtha, one is honoured in the world of the Nagas.