The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Setu-mahatmya which is section 1 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 1 - Setu-māhātmya

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The Setumāhātmya (Setu-māhātmya) has 52 chapters and is related to the  Rama Setu Tirtha region, Tamil Nadu and towards Sri Lanka.

Note:  SETU: Adam’s Bridge between India and Śrī Laṇkā. The island of Rāmeśvaram is the first link in the chain of islets forming the Setu (De 1984). Our Text states that as per advice of the Ocean-god, Rāma commissioned Nala, the son of Tvaṣṭṛ, to build the Setu (infra 2.87-90). Nala built the Setu in five days (infra 7.57). This is contradicted in the next Section, Dharmāraṇya-Māhātmya (30.47-48) which slates that Nala began to construct the Setu on the 10th day in the bright half of Pauṣa and completed it on the 13th day of the bright half of Pauṣa. i.e. within four days.

In the Text Rāmasetu signifies the region around Setu and is also called Setu-bandha.

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