The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Bhairaveshvara (Bhairava-ishvara) which is chapter 63 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 sixty-third chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 63 - Greatness of Bhairaveśvara (Bhairava-īśvara)

[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]

Īśvara said:

1-3. Thereafter, O great goddess, a pilgrim should go to the excellent Bhairaveśvara. It is stationed not very far from Yogeśvarī to the south.

It is destructive of sins. It bestows supernatural prosperity and glory. Formerly when the goddess made effort for the destruction of Daityas, she summoned Bhairava and employed him as a messenger. Then she became well-known as Śivadūtī and thereafter as Yogeśvarī.

4-5. The place where Bhairava was employed as a messenger by the goddess, has the Liṅga called by the name Bhairaveśvara.

It is installed by Bhairava and is adored by Devas and Daityas. A man who devoutly adores it duly on the Kārttikī day or continuously for six months, obtains the desired benefit.

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