The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Lakulishvara (Lakuli-ishvara) which is chapter 79 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-ninth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 79 - Greatness of Lakulīśvara (Lakuli-īśvara)

Īśvara said:

1-5. Then, a pilgrim should go to the shrine of Lakulīśa of great lustre, O great goddess. It is situated within a distance of seven Dhanus on the western side thereof (i.e. of Vaiśvānareśvara).

It had arrived there in the great Kṣetra from Kāyāvarohaṇa{GL_NOTE::}. It is destructive of the sins of all creatures. The Lord is stationed in the Mūrti (idol). Lakulīśa (the sage) performed a severe penance there. He initiated his four disciples Kuśaka etc., and taught them many Śāstras (Scriptures) such as Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika etc. Thereafter, he attained the greatest Siddhi.

A man (devotee) should realize this and worship the Lord perfectly, particularly in the Uttarāyaṇa (northern transit of the Sun) and on the Kārttikī day. The gift of learning should be offered to a Brāhmaṇa of good habit.

6. He will be repeatedly born as highly intelligent with exalted mind and prosperity of wealth, in the excellent family of rich Brāhmaṇas in the course of seven successive births.

Footnotes and references:


Karwah in Dabhor Tehsil of Baroda Dist. It was the birth place of Lakulīśa. (For details, Supra Ch. 76. 1-5.)

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