The Skanda Purana

by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,142,515 words

This page describes The Greatness of Mahakalavana which is chapter 39 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 thirty-ninth chapter of the Avantikshetra-mahatmya of the Avantya-khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 39 - The Greatness of Mahākālavana

Vyāsa said:

1-2. O holy Sir, the greatness of the holy spot has been duly narrated. The most excellent one of all Tīrthas, the increaser of the merit of all holy ones, has been explained. How many Tīrthas are here and how many Liṅgas? Kṛndly narrate it to me even as I ask you.

Sanatkumāra said:

3. O Vyāsa, there are sixty thousand crores and six thousand crores of Tīrthas. There is no limit to the number of the Liṅgas.

4. A man who is born here in the beautiful Mahākālavana, whether he desires it or is free from desires, is honoured in Śivaloka.

5. The Tīrthas, places and shrines shall accomplish whatever (a devotee) desires. A devotee becomes pure after bathing there and is honoured in Śivaloka.

6-7. All the Tīrthas, are meritorious. They are the shrines of spiritual fulfilment. Know the excellent ones of those Tīrthas, the most important one among them. He who listens to this with great devotion attains the highest goal.

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