The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Usheshvara (Usha-ishvara) which is chapter 71 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 seventy-first chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 71 - Greatness of Uṣeśvara (Uṣā-īśvara)

Īśvara said:

1-3. Thereafter, O great goddess, a pilgrim should go to the shrine of the Liṅga situated there itself to the south of Varuṇeśa within a distance of three Dhanus.

O Lady of excellent countenance, the wife of Varuṇa named Uṣā, performed a terrible penance when she was sad over her husband and installed that great Liṅga, the bestower of all Siddhis (supernatural powers). It is well-known as Uṣeśvara and is adored by all the Siddhas.

4. He who worships that sin-destroying Liṅga with devotion shall attain the highest goal even if he be contaminated by a series of great sins.

5. It accords the benefit of conjugal felicity to women. It is destructive of miseries and bad luck.

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