The Skanda Purana

by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words

This page describes Paijavana Takes Leave which is chapter 260 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 sixtieth chapter of the Tirtha-mahatmya of the Nagara-khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 260 - Paijavana Takes Leave

[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]

Gālava said:

1-2. Thus everything worthy of being narrated regarding Śālagrāma has been told to you and also Maheśvara’s birth and how he attained the form of Liṅga.

Hence, if men devoutly adore the excellent Liṅga form and Hari present in Śālagrāma, they will never suffer from miseries and tortures.

3. At the advent of Cāturmāsya, one should particularly adore both of them. Adored without any differentiation they bestow heavenly pleasures and salvation.

4. O great Śūdra, Hari grants salvation to those people who devoutly worship Lords Hari and Hara present in Brāhmaṇas, fires and cows.

5-6. A Śūdra interested in the Vedas should get the Pūrta and Iṣṭa rites performed (through others). That Śūdra should get the Pañcāyatana adoration also performed. He should be truthful in speech and he should not be greedy. He should be endowed with qualities of discrimination etc. He attains good goal. He need not have celibacy and austerity apart from meditation on the twelve-syllabled Mantra.

7. An excellent worship of the Slayer of Naraka (Kṛṣṇa) and others should be performed without Mantras but with the sixteen services (Upacāras) duly carried out. In the same way, O great Śūdra, worship of the Consort of the Daughter of Mountain should be performed. This adoration dispels great sins.

Brahmā said:

8-9. Even as these two were holding conversation the night came to a close. The Brāhmaṇa was honoured by him. The excellent Śūdra and Gālava accompanied by his disciples quickly went to their (respective) abodes.

10. If any man listens to, recites or teaches any Śloka (verse) or the entire piece, his merit will never decline.

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