by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes The Glory of Harasiddhi which is chapter 19 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 nineteenth chapter of the Avantikshetra-mahatmya of the Avantya-khanda of the Skanda Purana.
Note: The story [of Harasiddhi] illustrates the importance of the shrine in Mahākālavana.
3-7. They saw there Lord Giriśa with one of the hands holding the dice and holding in the right hand the Lord of serpents, the moon and the Khaṭvāṅga club (as stakes in gambling). He was saying, “O goddess, O fair lady, I am at your service. May the game continue with one more board.”
The demons reached the place when the Lord was thus in a passionate mood. The Gaṇas of Śiva were assailed and destroyed by them, but they were restrained and resisted by Nandin. Nandin was pierced by them with javelins. Much blood flowed forth equally from both the sides, the right and the left.
On seeing Nandin, the son of Śilāda attacked, that goddess was meditated upon by Hara. She stood in front of him humbly bowing down.
8-10. Śiva said, “May those great Daityas be killed.” and she said, “I shall kill them.” Taking up the terrible hammer-like club, she hit furiously. When those Dānavas, arrogant of their prowess, were seen killed by her, Hara told her: “O Caṇḍī, the wicked Dānavas have been killed. Hence you will be well-known in the world by the name Harasiddhi.” Then onwards that goddess who granted fulfilment to Hara, became famous as Harasiddhi in Mahākāla (vana).
11-17. An excellent man who visits Harasiddhi with the deepest devotion, attains everlasting enjoyment. On death he goes to Śivapura.
He who visits the eternal great goddess, the primordial Siddhi in the form of Vyoman (firmament), he who sees Harasiddhi, obtains the desired benefit.
There is no fear from enemies, nor poverty to one who remembers the four-syllabled Mantra, HA-RA-SI-DDHI (Harasiddhi).
A man who worships Harasiddhi on the Mahānavamī day and offers a buffalo as oblation, shall become a king on the earth.
She is meritorious; she is the most sacred bestower of happiness everywhere. On being remembered, adored and visited, she bestows wealth, sons and happiness.
Those buffaloes etc., O Vyāsa, which are killed on the Mahānavamī day, attain heaven. There is no sin unto the slaughterers (!)