by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 1,763,776 words
This page describes Arunacala-khanda (Purvardha) which is section 3a of the English translation of the Skanda Purana, the largest of the eighteen Mahapuranas, preserving the ancient Indian society and Hindu traditions in an encyclopedic format, detailling on topics such as dharma (virtous lifestyle), cosmogony (creation of the universe), mythology (itihasa), genealogy (vamsha) etc.
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The Arunācalakhaṇḍa (Arunācala-khaṇḍa) or Arunācalamāhātmya (Arunācala-māhātmya) has 37 chapters and is related to the Tiruvannamalai Tirtha region, south India. It is further divided into two parts: Pūrvārdha (13 chapters) and Uttarārdha (24 chapters).
Notes regarding the Arunācala-khaṇḍa (Pūrvārdha):
The third section of the Māheśvarakhaṇḍa of Skandapurāṇa is called Aruṇācalamāhātmya. It is divided into two parts. The first part consists of a dialogue between god Brahmā and Sanaka and contains thirteen chapters. The second part has a different pair of interlocutors, viz., Nandikeśvara and Mārkaṇḍeya and contains twenty-four chapters. There is the inevitable duplication of topics in these parts, but they are treated as different, as recorded in the Nārada-purāṇa, probably due to the difference in the pair of interlocutors.