The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Lakshmaneshvara (Lakshmana-ishvara) which is chapter 112 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 one hundred twelfth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 112 - Greatness of Lakṣmaṇeśvara (Lakṣmaṇa-īśvara)

[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]

Īśvara said:

1-3. Thereafter, a pilgrim should go to the excellent Lakṣmaṇeśvara, O great goddess. It is situated within a distance of thirty Dhanus to the east of Rāmeśa.

It was installed by Lakṣmaṇa who had come there in the course of his pilgrimage. O goddess, that Liṅga is a destroyer of great sins. It is adored by Suras.

He who worships it devouḍy and remains absorbed in meditation and also offers dance, instrumental music and songs along with Homa and Japa attains the greatest goal.

4. Cooked food, water and gold should be gifted there to a Brāhmaṇa after worshipping the Lord of the chiefs of Devas with sweet scents, flowers etc, in due order.

5, Worshipping there on the fourteenth day in the dark half of Māgha is particularly recommended. Holy ablution, donation and Japa there shall be of everlasting benefit.

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