by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes The Greatness of Nandahrada Tirtha which is chapter 140 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 fortieth chapter of the Reva-khanda of the Avantya-khanda of the Skanda Purana.
Śrī Mārkaṇḍeya said:
It was this powerful Asura who, in Kṛta Yuga, defeated eleven Rudras, (twelve) Ādityas, along with the group of (forty-nine) Maruts, (eight) Vasus along with Moon-god and Sun-god. He defeated Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara.
If a person takes his holy bath there, in that Tīrtha, and worships Goddess Nandā, of what avail is the departure unto Himālaya to him?
Those who are ignorant of reality, wander here and there as they are enveloped in Tamas. One experiences only tiresomeness in associating with them.
O son of Kuntī, by taking the holy bath in Nandāhrada, O king, one attains that merit which is mentioned as the merit of taking holy bath and offering Dāna everywhere on the earth encircled by the oceans.