The Skanda Purana

by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words

This page describes Margashirsha-mahatmya which is section 5 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.

Section 5 - Mārgaśīrṣa-māhātmya

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The Mārgaśīrṣamāhātmya (Mārgaśīrṣa-māhātmya) has 17 chapters and is related to the Mathura Tirtha region.

As noted in KM (Kārttika-Māsa-Māhātmya, Ch. 1, Ftn. 1), Mārgaśīrṣa is Viṣṇu’s favourite month. But unlike KM this Māhātmya deals with the various details of Viṣṇu-worship (vide the titles of the chapters of the Mārgaśīrṣa-Māhātmya), the story element being practically absent.

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