by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 1,344,335 words
This page describes Index to Kashikhanda which is chapter 100 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. This is the one hundredth chapter of the Uttarardha of the Kashi-khanda of the Skanda Purana.
4. I shall narrate the chapter of Index and contents as well as the Māhātmya of this Khaṇḍa for the purpose of dispelling sins. It enhances the merit.
10. Then the tale of the stellar world (chapter 15). Then the origin of Śukra (Venus) (chapter 16). Then the description of the worlds of Māheya (Mars), Guru (Jupiter) and Sauri (Saturn) (chapter 17).
12. Sivaśarman’s vision of Satyaloka (chapter 22), the coronation of the Four-armed Lord (chapter 23), Śivaśarman’s Salvation (chapter 24).
16. Brahmacāriprakaraṇa (Duties of celibate students) (chapter 36), the salient characteristics of women (chapter 37). Prescriptions and prohibitions (chapter 38). Description of Avimukteśa (chapter 39).
19. The greatness of Sāṃbāditya (chapter 48); the eulogy of Drupadāditya (chapter 49) as well as Mayūkhāditya. The story of Garuḍa (chapter 50), Aruṇārka etc. (chapter 57) including the Sun-gods, viz. Vṛddha Keśava, Vimala Gaṅgādityas.
24. Then the narration of the secret of the holy spot which destroys sins (chapter 64). The origin of Kandukeśa and Vyāghreśa (chapter 65).
28. The greatness of Dharmeśa (chapter 78). The story of the birds (chapter 79). The narration of Viśvabhuja (chapter 80). Then the story of Durdama (chapter 81).
29. Then the narration of Vīreśvara (chapter 82). Further greatness of Vīreśa (chapter 83). Gaṅgā in combination with the Tīrthas (chapter 84). Then the greatness of Kāmeśa (chapter 85).
31. Then the glorification of Pārvatīśa (chapter 90); then the greatness of Gaṅgeśa (chapter 91); the origin of Narmadeśa (chapter 92).
32. The origin of Satīśvara (chapter 93); the description of Amṛteśa etc. (chapter 94), Vyāsa’s arm benumbed (chapter 95). Redemption of Vyāsa’s curse (chapter 96).
33. The groups of holy spots and Tīrthas (chapter 97). A detailed narration of Muktimaṇḍapa (chapter 98). The manifestation of Viśveśa (chapter. 99). Then the Yātrā Parikrama (order in the pilgrimage) (chapter 100).
34. Thus the hundred narrations have been enumerated in due order. On hearing this alone the benefit of the entire Khaṇḍa is acquired. In this chapter covering the contents, there is Yātrā Parikrama.
100. These Yātrās should be performed by the residents of the holy spot with great faith. During the days of great festivals especially, the Yātrās should be performed.
101. The Kṛtin (one who wishes to be blessed) should never make the day deficient in Yātrās. Two Yātrās should be assiduously performed everyday.
102-104. Certainly it is bath in the celestial river at the outset and then (visit to) Viśveśa. If while staying in Kāśī, the day has been spent in vain, the Pitṛs become disappointed on the very same day. He is indeed bitten by the serpent of Kāla (death, time). He is seen by death to be sure. He is robbed, if he does not visit Viśveśa on that day. He who bathes in Maṇikarṇikā and visits Viśveśa, has bathed in all the Tīrthas.
105. Truth! Truth! Again it is the truth, truth, truth again and again! Viśveśvara should be seen everyday and Maṇikarṇikā should be bathed in.
Footnotes and references:
VV 36-40 describe the first (shortest) Pañca-Tīrthikā Yātrā. It is limited to five Tīrthas only.
VV 53-54 delimit the sacred-most part of Vārāṇasī.