The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Vimaleshvara (Vimala-ishvara) which is chapter 55 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-fifth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 55 - Greatness of Vimaleśvara (Vimala-īśvara)

[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]

Īśvara said:

1-3. Then, O great goddess, one should go to Vimaleśvara (stationed) to the east thereof. It is very near, not far from Gaurī’s shrine.

It is situated on the south-west of Guru (Jupiter). It is destructive of sins. Even after committing a great sin, a devotee, be it a woman or a man, becomes pure.

Even one who is afflicted with pulmonary consumption, attains the destruction of all miseries by adoring the deity with devotion. He shall attain the region devoid of impurities.

4. It was there that Gandharvasenā who was afflicted with phthysis got rid of impurities. That Liṅga has become famous all the world over by the name Vimaleśvara.

5. Thus the greatness of Vimaleśvara has been entirely spoken to you, O beautiful lady of Bhava. It is the fourth (Liṅga) destructive of all sins.

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