The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Gopishvara (Gopi-ishvara) which is chapter 120 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 twentieth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 120 - Greatness of Gopīśvara (Gopī-īśvara)

Īsvara said:

1-4. Thereafter, a pilgrim should go to the excellent shrine of Gopīśvara, O great goddess. It is situated within a distance of three Dhanus to the north of Balātibaladaityaghnī.

It was installed by the Gopīs (cowherdesses) and it is destructive of sins. They had propitiated Maheśvara for the sake of sons. When adored, it bestows all the desires unto men. It bestows progeny also.

A man who worships the deity on the third lunar day in the bright half of Cakra by offerings of sweet scents and flowers, attains desired benefit.

Thus the sin-destroying greatness of Lord Gopīśvara stationed in Prabhāsa Kṣetra has been succinctly described.

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