The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Vadaveshvara (Vadava-ishvara) which is chapter 65 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-fifth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 65 - Greatness of Vāḍaveśvara (Vāḍava-īśvara)

Īśvara said:

1-4. Thereafter, a pilgrim should go to the shrine of Vāḍaveśvara Liṅga to the northern side of Lakṣmīśa and to south of Viśālākṣī.

It is stationed there. It has great efficacy. It was installed by Vāḍava at the time when the mountain Kṛtasmara was burnt by the Vāḍava fire.

The Liṅga was installed by him after levelling the entire spot. After bathing Lord Śaṅkara with curds, the pilgrim should worship him in accordance with the injunctions.

The pilgrim should offer curds there to a Brāhmaṇa who has mastered the Vedas. Thereby he attains the Agniloka and obtains the full benefit of a perfect pilgrimage.

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