by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes The Series of Tirthas Enumerated which is chapter 230 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 two hundred thirtieth chapter of the Reva-khanda of the Avantya-khanda of the Skanda Purana.
Note: This is an old way of presenting ‘Table of Contents’.
This meritorious, excellent river Revā, the sole sanctifier of the universe, was born of the body of Rudra. It accords freedom from fear unto all living beings.
To the son of Dharma who had requested him (to narrate), the scion of the family of Bhṛgu narrated the different confluences and Tīrthas from Oṃkara [Oṃkāra?] to Jaladhi (from the shrine of Oṃkāreśvara to the ocean).
O sages, I shall briefly tell you. How can all the sixty crore sixty seven thousand Tīrthas be recounted by any one? Even in the course of hundreds of years it is not possible.
Yet, O excellent sages, in the manner it was narrated to the son of Kuntī, I shall enumerate the auspicious series of Tīrthas beginning with the holy place Oṃkāra. Even as it is being enumerated briefly, O great sages, be pleased to listen.
After bowing to Maheśāna along with Umā, after bowing down to both Brahmā and Acyuta, Sarasvatī, Gaṇeśāna, the lotus-like feet of Vedavyāsa, all the preceptors of yore, the knowers of seen and unseen objects, after bowing down to the divine river Narmadā, I shall enumerate this series of holy spots.
11-20. In this splendid and auspicious series of Revā Tīrthas enumerated by Mārkaṇḍa the following are dealt with one by one: the chapters on Purāṇasaṃhitās: The description of the hermitage of Mārkaṇḍa; then the Praśnādhikāra (the section of questions asked); then the praise of Narmadā; the glorification of the fifteen flowing currents;
The clarification of the names; the origins of the Kalpas; the enumeration of the names of twenty-one Kalpas;
Characteristics of Saṃhāra (Annihilation) and the origin of Oṃkāra; the greatness of Oṃkāra; the glorification of Amaraṅkaṭa;
Carukāsaṅgama confluence; Vyatīpāteśvara; Pātāleśvara Tīrtha and that (Tīrtha) which is called Koṭiyajña;
The meritorious confluence of Viśalyā; the confluence of Karamardā; Karamardeśvara Tīrtha; the excellent Cakratīrtha;
Pitṛtīrtha there itseīf and the origin of Oṃkāra there; the greatness of the five Liṅgas of Oṃkāra, O leading sages;
The greatness of Koṭi Tīrtha; and Kākahrada Tīrtha; Jaṃbukeśvara Tīrtha; and Sārasvata Tīrtha thereafter;
Aśokeśvara Tīrtha; the excellent Mataṅgeśvara; the meritorious forest of deer; Manoratha Tīrtha there;
The confluence of Aṅgāragartā; the excellent Aṅgāreśvara; Meghavana Tīrtha; the enumeration of the names of the goddess;
The confluence of Kubjā; Kubjeśvara Tīrtha; Bilvāmraka Tīrtha; the Pūrṇadvīpa Tīrtha thereafter;
Māṇḍavyāśrama Tīrtha; the confluence of Viśokā; the Tīrtha named Vagīśvara; the meritorious confluence of Vāgu;
The offer of solace unto the Devas; and the complete subjugation of Andhaka; the origin of Śūlabheda; the testing of the deserving ones; the praise of Dānadharma (munificence and piety); the glorification of Ṛṣiśṛṅga; the attainment of Svarga by Dīrghatapas; the inclination of Bhānumatī;
The confluence of Mokṣanadī river; Vimaleśvara Tīrtha; Ulūka Tīrtha; the confluence of Puṣkariṇī;
Mārkaṇḍeśvara Tīrtha; Pippaleśvara; Karoṭīśvara Tīrtha; auspicious Indreśvara Tīrtha;
Then Dhanadatīrtha; Jaṭeśa; Maṅgaleśvara; Kapileśvara Tīrtha; the excellent Gopāreśvara;
The Tīrtha named Maṇināgeśvara; the confluence of Maṇinadī; Tilakeśvara Tīrtha; Gautameśa thereafter;
Bhīmeśvara; Candreśa; the confluence of Aśvavatī; Bahvīśvara; Nāradeśa; Vaidyanātha; Kapīśvara;
Naleśvara; Mārkaṇḍa; Śukla Tīrtha thereafter; the great Vyāseśvara Tīrtha there and Siddheśvara;
The meritorious confluence of Eraṇḍī; the splendid Mātṛtīrtha; the Tīrtha called Svarṇaśalākā; Aṃbikeśvara;
Rohiṇya; Cakratīrtha; what is called Uttareśvara; Bhogeśvara; Kedāra; Niṣkalaṅka thereafter;
Mārkaṇḍa; Dhautapāpa; Āṅgiraseśvara Tīrtha; the confluence of Kotavī; the meritorious Koṭitīrtha there;
The Tīrtha named Āśāpūra; Kaubera; Māruta; Varuṇeśa Yameśa; Rāmeśa; Karkaṭeśvara;
Rukmiṇī Tīrtha; the excellent Śiva Tīrtha; Jayavārāha Tīrtha; the Tīrtha called Asmāhaka;
Aṅgāreśa; Siddheśa; Tāpeśvara thereafter; again the Tīrtha named Siddheśvara; Varuṇeśvara;
The meritorious Parāśareśvara; the excellent Kusumeśa; Kuṇḍaleśvara Tīrtha and Kalakaleśvara;
Huṃkārasvāmi Tīrtha; the splendid Śukla Tīrtha; the confluence of Madhumatī; Saṅgameśvara Tīrtha;
Narmadeśvara; the confluence of three rivers; Anekeśvara Tīrtha; Śarbheśa named after Mokṣa;
The meritorious confluence of Kāverī; the Tīrtha called Gopeśvara; Mārkaṇḍeśa; Nāgeśa; the confluence of Udaṃbarī;
The Tīrtha called Sāṃbāditya and the confluence of Udambarī; Siddheśvara (Mārkaṇḍa) as well as that created by Siddheśvarī;
Gopeśa; Kapileśa; the excellent Vaidyanātha; Piṅgaleśvara Tīrtha; the great Saindhavāyatana;
The Tīrtha called Bhūtīśvara; thereafter Gaṅgāvāha; Gautameśvara Tīrtha and Daśāśvamedhika;
The meritorious Bhṛgutīrtha and the well known Saubhāgyasundarī; Vṛṣakhāta there itself; Keḍāra; Dhūtapātaka;
Dhūteśvarī Tīrtha; Eraṇḍī Saṅgama; Kanakeśvarī Tīrtha, Jvāleśvara Tīrtha thereafter;
91-100. Dvādaśāditya Tīrtha; the Tīrtha that is named Siddheśvara; Kapileśvara Tīrtha, the auspicious Traivikarma Tīrtha;
The Tīrtha called Viśvarūpa; that which is created by Nārāyaṇa; Mūlaśrīpati Tīrtha; what is called Caulaśrīpati;
The unparalleled Sāvitrī Tīrtha; Vālakhilyeśvara; Narmadeśa; Mātṛtīrtha; the excellent Devatīrtha;
The Tīrtha named Paitāmaha; (Tīrtha) called Māṇḍavyeśvara; Nārāyaṇeśa there; Akrūreśa thereafter;
Devakhāta; Siddharudra; the excellent Vaidyanātha; Matṛtīrtha; Uttareśa thereafter;
Narmadeśa; Mātṛtīrtha again; Kurarī Tīrtha; Ḍhauṇḍheśa; Daśakanyaka;
Bakeśvara Tīrtha; Kapāleśa; Mārkaṇḍa; Kapileśa; the confluence of Eraṇḍī;
Loṭaṇeśvara Tīrtha; Tīrtha named Luṅkeśa; Vṛṣakhāta Kuṇḍa also, O excellent sages;
Haṃseśvara; Tilāda; Vāsaveśvara; Koṭīśvara Tīrtha; the excellent Alikā Tīrtha; Vimaleśvara Tīrtha in the confluence of Revā and the ocean.
Thus the highly meritorious series of the Tīrthas has been described by me, O great sages. The meritorious pearl necklace of the Tīrthas has been wreathed through the string in the form of the banks.
It is purified by the waters of Narmadā. It has been made by Mārkaṇḍeya for embellishing good people and for the welfare of all the worlds.
It suppresses the darkness of sins. It should always be worn by the seekers of piety. By repeating this once, sin committed in the course of a day and night is destroyed.
By repeating this three times, the sin arising in the course of a month is destroyed. By repeating it before Śiva, sin committed in the course of three months is destroyed. By repeating it for a month, sin of a year is destroyed and by repeating it for a year, sin of a hundred years is destroyed.
If he recites this with faith in front of the deities at the time of worship, he will delight all the Devas and sanctify the entire family.
Thus the meritorious series of Tīrthas situated on the banks of Revā has been recounted by me, O sinless excellent sages. Listen further.