The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Rahvishvara (Rahu-ishvara) which is chapter 50 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 fiftieth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 50 - Greatness of Rāhvīśvara (Rāhu-īśvara)

[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]

Īśvara said:

1-3. Thereafter, O great goddess, the pilgrim should proceed to the Liṅga well installed by Rāhu to the north-west of Śanaiścara.

It is situated within a distance of seven Dhanus to the north of Ajādevī. It is also in the vicinity of Maṅgalā, not very far off.

The Liṅga installed by Saiṃhikeya (Rāhu) is of great efficacy. Vaipracitti (Rāhu) performed a penance there for a thousand years.

4-5. That mighty and great Asura, Svarbhānu, adept in crooked fighting propitiated the great Lord by means of his wonderful penance and caused Maheśvara, the light of the Universe, to come down in the Liṅga.

He who worships it with devotion and views it clearly shall get his sin reduced to nothing, even if it be the result of Brāhmaṇa-slaughter.

6. If he is viewed, the devotee, the man, never becomes blind, deaf, dumb, sick or poor.

7. He becomes handsome and richly endowed with happiness and conjugal felicity. With all his desires richly realized, he rejoices like a Deva in heaven.

8. Thus, O goddess, the greatness of the deity installed by Rāhu has been spoken to you. One listening to this, comes out of delusion and becomes free from sins.

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