The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Someshvara (Soma-ishvara) which is chapter 44 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 forty-fourth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 44 - Someśvara (Soma-īśvara)

[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]

Īśvara said:

1. After adoring Ādityeśa, a pilgrim should once again go to Someśvara and worship the deity duly with all five ancillary features.

2. After viewing Someśvara, the pilgrim prostrates (before the deity) and then circumambulates (it). Again he should view the Lord repeatedly. A pilgrim who, with purity circumambulates the Liṅga of (installed by) the Sun and the Moon gets the same benefit as when Agniṣṭoma rite has been performed by him.

3-4. Then the pilgrim proceeds to goddess Umā in the vicinity of Someśvara. He should also proceed to a second image of the goddess in the vicinity of Daityasūdana (Viṣṇu).

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