by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes Yatra Parikrama (pilgrimages) (6): Gauri Yatra which is chapter 100f 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 100f of the Uttarardha of the Kashi-khanda of the Skanda Purana.
67-73. Hereafter I shall narrate the excellent Gaurī Yātrā that should be performed on the third lunar day of the bright half. It bestows all riches. Having bathed perfectly in Goprekṣa a devotee shall go to Mukhanirmālikā. After taking the bath in the Jyeṣṭhāvāpī tank, the man should worship Jyeṣṭhāgaurī. Saubhāgyagaurī should be worshipped by those who have performed aquatic rites in the Jñānavāpī tank. Then after performing the same rite there itself, he should worship Śṛṅgāragaurī. After bathing in Viśālagaṅgā he should proceed to Viśālākṣī. After a bath as per prescription in the Lalitā Tīrtha, the devotee should worship Lalitā. After bathing in the Bhavānī Tīrtha, he should adore Bhavānī. Then Maṅgalā should be worshipped by the devotees who have performed aquatic rites with the waters of Bindu Tīrtha. Thereafter, for the purpose of steady increase in the prosperity, he should go to Mahālakṣmī. By performing this pilgrimage in this holy spot that causes salvation no man will be assailed by miseries anywhere here or hereafter.