The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes The Greatness of Kameshvara (kama-ishvara-tirtha) which is chapter 71 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 seventy-first chapter of the Reva-khanda of the Avantya-khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 71 - The Greatness of Kāmeśvara (kāma-īśvara-tīrtha)

Śrī Mārkaṇḍeya said:

1-4. Thereafter, O excellent one among the sons of Pāṇḍu, listen to another Tīrtha named Kāmeśvara. It was here that Gaṇādhyakṣa (Gaṇeśa), the highly powerful son of Gaurī, became a Siddha (i.e. one who had achieved spiritual perfection).

In that Tīrtha, a devotee should control his sense-organs, bathe the idol with Pañcāmṛta with great devotion and offer incense, Naivedya and other articles of adoration. By propitiating the Lord of the worlds thereby, he will be rid of all sins.

O Yudhiṣṭhira, a devotee should take his holy bath there on the eighth day in the month of Mārgaśīrṣa. Whatever be his desire in performing the adoration, he shall certainly attain it.

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