by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 1,763,776 words
This page describes The Greatness of Nandikeshvara (nandika-ishvara-tirtha) which is chapter 94 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 ninety-fourth chapter of the Reva-khanda of the Avantya-khanda of the Skanda Purana.
Śrī Mārkaṇḍeya said:
1-4. Beyond that itself, O king, one should go to the auspicious Nanditīrtha that is destructive of all sins of men. It was formerly created by Nandin.
It accords salvation to creatures overwhelmed by masses of sins. It is on the banks of Narmadā. A devotee should observe fast for a day and a night, O Yudhiṣṭhira, there at Nandinātha. He should adore Nandikeśvara with the full complement of the five Upacāras. O son of Dharma, he should gift gems to Brāhmaṇas.
He should then go to the greatest place where the Pināka-bearing Lord resides. He will be endowed with all types of comforts and ease and will rejoice along with celestial damsels.