The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Prabhasa Khanda which is book 7 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.

Book 7 - Prabhāsa Khaṇḍa

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The Prabhāsakhaṇḍa (Prabhāsa Khaṇḍa) has 4 sections and a total of 491 chapters.

This last Khaṇḍa of the Skanda Purāṇa (SkP) called Prabhāsa consists of four sections:

  1. Prabhāsa-kṣetra-Māhātmya of 365 chapters
  2. Vastrāpatha-kṣetra-Māhātmya of 19 chapters
  3. Arbuda-Khaṇḍa of 63 chapters
  4. Dvārakā-Māhātmya of 44 chapters

Prabhāsa is famous on two counts:

(i) It is the sacred place famous for the Jyotirliṅga called Somanātha.

(ii) It was the scene of the fratricidal battle among Yādavas and the spot of Kṛṣṇa’s death which took place here in B.C. 3102 according to the consensus of Brāhmaṇical Purāṇas. The advent of Kali took place on that very day when Kṛṣṇa passed away (Bhāgavatapurāṇa XII. 2. 33) Also vide Vāyupurāṇa 49.428-429: Matsyapurāṇa 273.49, Viṣṇupurāṇa III. 74.241. Hindu calendars-(Pañcāṅgas) give this date as the Yugādi (beginning of Kaliyuga).

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