The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Kapileshvara (Kapila-ishvara) which is chapter 53 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 fifty-third chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 53 - Greatness of Kapileśvara (Kapila-īśvara)

[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]

Īśvara said:

1-4. Then, O great goddess, a pilgrim should go to the excellent shrine of Kapileśvara. It is stationed not far from it (i.e. Siddheśvara) in the eastern quarter.

This Liṅga is of very great power. It destroys sins by its very sight. A saintly king named Kapila performed a great penance there after installing Maheśvara. He attained great Siddhi (spiritual achievement). Hari always worships Īśāna in the presence of the Devas in that Liṅga.

Especially on the fourteenth lunar day in the bright half of a month, he worships, Mahādeva seven times, for the sake of the welfare of all the worlds.

One who remains pure and clean and visits Someśa named Kapileśvara shall attain the merit of gifting cows.

5. O my beloved, one who is mentally pure and offers Tiladhenu (cow made of gingelly seeds) in that holy spot, remains in heaven for as many Yugas as there are gingelly seeds.

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