by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes Greatness of Rudrakoti which is chapter 52 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 fifty-second chapter of the Tirtha-mahatmya of the Nagara-khanda of the Skanda Purana.
1-3. Umā and Maheśvara were installed there by that king after building a great mansion (shrine) that gave pleasure to the eyes of righteous people.
In front of it, an auspicious holy Kuṇḍa (pit, small pond) was made and filled with clear water and adorned by clusters of lotuses.
A man who devoutly takes his holy bath there and visits (the idols) then, with mental concentration and purity, on the fourteenth lunar day in the bright half of the month of Māgha, is not reborn.
5. A man who takes his holy bath therein on the eighth lunar day in the bright half of the month of Phālguna and observes fast, obtains all desired benefits.
8. A man who cherishing any desire performs penance there, shall certainly realize it within six months.
9-10a. Beneath it, O Brāhmaṇas, there is a splendid, square, Vaiṣṇavī slab. It whirls and is destructive of all sins. It is perpetually washed by the waters of the great river. It bestows salvation on men.
If Brāhmaṇas are cremated on its banks they will certainly obtain salvation. A Goṣpada (cow’s foot) becomes visible in the ashes of their pyre. After seeing it, obsequies of dead Brāhmaṇas must be performed.
13. O excellent Brāhmaṇas, Rudrakoṭi is to the northern side thereof. It is adored by noble-souled southern Brāhmaṇas.
14-15. The excellent Brāhmaṇas of the south had heard that the Consort of Umā was himself present in the form of a great Yogin in the holy place called Camatkārapura. Endowed with great faith and urged by curiosity ten million of them rushed in with a desire to visit the Lord.
16. Everyone of them said, “I will visit Lord Hara first.” They took oath thus on going there.
17. “The last person among these who visits the great Yogin Īśvara will become a sinner.”
18. Lord Maheśvara understood their intention and he was pleased with their devotion. So for their convenience and benefit, he established himself there in ten million forms.
19. O excellent Brāhmaṇas, he was thus visited very easily by all of them. Ever since then, that holy spot became well known as Rudrakoṭi.
22. Even after committing sins on the earth in the course of hundreds and thousands of births, a man shall be freed from those sins on viewing Rudrāvarta.
23. A man who goes to Rudrāvarta and views Hara, the Yogin Lord, on the fourteenth day in the bright half becomes certainly free from sins.”
25. A man who observes fast and keeps awake at night (i.e. performs Jāgaraṇa) goes to heaven in an aerial chariot that can go wherever one pleases.
29. A man who sings and/or dances in front of him (the Lord) shall undoubtedly obtain the merit of all Yajñas.”
30. O excellent Brāhmaṇas, after saying thus the sage horn of Brahmā (i.e. Nārada) stopped. Pleased much, he quickly proceeded on pilgrimage.