by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes Merit of Listening to the Purana which is chapter 279 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 seventy-ninth chapter of the Tirtha-mahatmya of the Nagara-khanda of the Skanda Purana.
1-3. The whole of this Purāṇa was formerly narrated by Skanda to Bhṛgu. The son of Brahmā-Aṅgiras learnt it from him. Then Cyavana got it. Thereafter Sage Ṛcīka got it. Thus this text was traditionally handed over to all in all the worlds. A man who listens to this Skanda Purāṇa retold formerly by Kumāra becomes redeemed from sins.
4. This Purāṇa is conducive to longevity. It is pleasing to people of all the Varṇas. This is definitely composed by the noble-souled Six-faced Lord (Skanda).
5. It was thus that this narrative became famous formerly. Welfare unto you all.
6. No one can calculate adequately the merit of that man who listens to the greatness of the holy place of Hāṭakeśvara.
8. Just as there is no limit to the number of drops of water in the streams of downpour, just as there is no limit of the number of sand particles in Gaṅgā, so also there is no limit to the merit thereof.
9. A man who devoutly listens to this or reads this story for some days, shall become one who has achieved everything.
10. A person who seeks a son gets sons; one who seeks wealth gets wealth; a woman who desires a husband gets a husband; and a girl gets a charming bridegroom.
11. By listening to the Skandapurāṇa kinsmen get united with those who have gone abroad; a man gets what is desired.
12. This scripture bestows all desired things on men, on one who listens and who reads. A king conquers the earth and rules over the enemies.
15. If after listening to this Purāṇa, anyone adores the expounder, it is as good as the adoration of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Rudra.
16. If a preceptor teaches at least a syllable to a disciple, there is no object in the whole of the earth by giving which, he can become free from indebtedness.
17. Hence Vyāsa (expounder of the Purāṇa) is to be adequately adored with cows, plots of land, gold, garments etc. and foodstuffs which all like, because he is the scriptural instructor.
18. He who is endowed with devotion, listens to the excellent scripture and adores the expounder shall attain the region of Śiva.
19. Only by listening to the Purāṇa the sin accumulated in the course of many births becomes quelled. He derives the benefit of all the Tīrthas.
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