The Skanda Purana

by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,142,515 words

This page describes Greatness of Pushpaditya which is chapter 161 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 sixty-first chapter of the Tirtha-mahatmya of the Nagara-khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 161 - Greatness of Puṣpāditya

Sūta said:

1-4a. Then all the Brāhmaṇas were placed by him in the place allotted to Brahmā. Then those designated as Cātuścaraṇas were also placed.

Then Puṣpa shaved off hair all over his body. Accompanied by his wife, he bowed down to the excellent Brāhmaṇas. With palms joined in reverence, he spoke these words: “O Brāhmaṇas, this palace has been got built by me for the Sun-god. Let it be well-known in all the three worlds as Puṣpāditya.

The Brāhmaṇas said:

4b-5. We will not make the reputation of Yājñavalkya decrease and disappear. We shall grant you the expiation to your heart’s content.

Some other Brāhmaṇas in the capacity of middlemen said:

6. “In connection with the Homa here, let a hundred thousand (coins) be set apart for the maintenance of this deity and another hundred thousand for the Brāhmaṇas so that the expiatory rite can be rendered clean.”

Puṣp said:

7. Let all the excellent Brāhmaṇas call this deity after my name and glorify this always.

8. Earlier, my wife had installed the honoured Durgā. Let it be well-known here in the excellent city after her name.

The Brāhmaṇas said:

9. Formerly, the palace of Hara was erected by Duśśīla. That of the deity installed by Durvāsas has been built by you with joyous minds.

10. Yet, let this palace of this distressed one be erected, O Brāhmaṇas.

11. Formerly Duśśīla propitiated the Lord merely by uttering the names. But by this (Puṣpa) the Sun-god Bhāskara had been propitiated earlier by means of his own flesh.

12. Hence there is no harm in giving the deity his name. What has been earlier installed by Māhikā shall be Māhī.

Sūta said:

13. When the requisite Dāna was made by Puṣpa with the approval of the Brāhmaṇas, the name well known as Puṣpāditya was given by the middle ones.

14. Goddess Durgā who was formerly installed by his wife named Māhikā, came to be known as Māhī.

Sūta said:

15. O excellent Brāhmaṇas, everything I was asked has been thus told, i.e. how the deity installed by Yājñavalkya became Puṣpāditya.

16. Even now in Kali age, that Lord of Suras, if visited devoutly, shall destroy the sin of men caused that day. There is no doubt about it.

17. Further, if a devotee holds a fruit and circumambulates one hundred eight times on a Sunday coinciding with the seventh lunar day, O excellent Brāhmaṇas, he shall obtain the desired benefits.

18. He who visits Durgā Māhikā everyday, will never meet with difficulties at all on that day.

19. If a man worships her on the fourteenth lunar day in the bright half of Caitra, no disaster shall befall him for the whole of that year.

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