The Skanda Purana

by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words

This page describes The Greatness of Shakra Tirtha which is chapter 138 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 one hundred thirty-eighth chapter of the Reva-khanda of the Avantya-khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 138 - The Greatness of Śakra Tīrtha

[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]

Śrī Mārkaṇḍeya said:

1-5. Thereafter, O son of Pāṇḍu, a person should go to the excellent Śakratīrtha where Śatakratu (Indra), the illustrious king of Devas, became a Siddha.

On knowing that the Lord of Suras was cursed by Gautama, the deities beginning with Brahmā and all the sages who regard penance as their wealth pleaded to Gautama through splendid words: “O Lord of sages, Śakra is bereft of his kingdom and glory. O Brāhmaṇa, none will have any interest in the domain without Indra, whether he be a Deva or a human being. O venerable one, this is already known to you. Hence, O excellent Brāhmaṇa, take pity on him on whom innumerable vaginal apertures have been foisted. Defiled by his own sin, Śakra is absconding now.”

6-10. On hearing the words of the Devas, Gautama, the greatest of those conversant with the Vedas, consented and began to grant a boon unto Śakra: “O Śatakratu, the thousand vaginal apertures that were earlier produced (on your body) shall now become a thousand eyes with my favour.”

On being told thus the Thousand-eyed One bowed down to the excellent sage and the virtuous Brāhmaṇas. Thereafter, he came to Narmadā.

He. took his holy bath in the pure waters and installed god Trīpurāntaka. After that he went back to heaven, being adored by groups of celestial damsels.

A man who takes his holy bath there in that Tīrtha and adores Parameśvara, becomes absolved of the sin of violating the chastity of other men’s wives.

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