The Skanda Purana
by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes Greatness of Yajnabhumi which is chapter 75 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.
Chapter 75 - Greatness of Yajñabhūmi
[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]
1-4. In an earlier Kalpa this excellent holy place was given to Brahmā, O excellent Brāhmaṇas, by Lord Rudra who was delighted. When the Liṅga named Hāṭakeśvara was installed by Devas what had been given to Brahmā by the delighted Rudra, viz. this holy place, was then given to Ṣaṇmukha for according protection to the Brāhmaṇas from the defects of Kalikāla (period of Kali etc.) when he was requested by Brahmā. On being commanded by his father Gāṅgeya (i.e. Ṣaṇmukha) stayed there, in the primordial excellent holy spot.
5. He who visits the Lord on the Kārttikī day when there is the conjunction of Kṛttikā constellation shall be born as a Brāhmaṇa in seven successive rebirths. He will be wealthy and a master of the Vedas.
6-8. Vibudhas (Devas) heard that the palace of Lord Mahāsena was fascinating and it stood very high as though it was desirous of protecting the sky. All of them, out of curiosity, hurried to the city and visited the holiest city. Through Brāhmaṇas they made preparations for the sacrificial rites in the manner stipulated on the northern as well as eastern side of the palace.
9-10. All the Vibudhas (Devas) performed the sacrifice and offered monetary gifts to them. Thereafter they joyously went to heaven after obtaining the benefit arising from that holy spot.
Then its name came to be Devayajana. By means of a single Kratu (sacrifice) here, with the due monetary gifts, one shall get the same benefit as is obtained elsewhere by means of a hundred sacrifices.