by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 1,344,335 words
This page describes Yatra Parikrama (pilgrimages) (1): Panca-tirthika Yatra which is chapter 100a 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 zeroth chapter 100a of the Uttarardha of the Kashi-khanda of the Skanda Purana.
The following pilgrimage is called Pañcatīrthikā (Yātrā of the group of five Tīrthas): At the outset a devotee should take bath, along with the cloth worn, in the waters of Cakrapuṣkariṇī. He then duly offers libation to the Devas along with the Pitṛs. Then he propitiates the Brāhmaṇa suppliants. He then makes obeisance to Āditya, Draupadī, Viṣṇu, Daṇḍapāṇi and Maheśvara. Then he goes to visit Ḍhuṇḍhi Vināyaka. He performs ablution in Jñānavāpī and adores Nandikeśa. Thereafter he worships Tārakeśa and Mahākāleśvara thereafter. Then he adores Daṇḍapāṇi once again. This is Pañcatīrthikā.
41. This should be done everyday by those who wish for great benefits.