The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Kshemankareshvara (Kshemankara-ishvara) which is chapter 127 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 twenty-seventh chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 127 - Greatness of Kṣemaṅkareśvara (Kṣemaṅkara-īśvara)

Īśvara said:

1-4. Thereafter, O great goddess, a pilgrim should go to the excellent shrine of Kṣemeśvara situated to the north thereof and to the south-east of Kṛpāleśa.

It is situated within a distance of fifteen Dhanus from Kapāleśvara. The Liṅga is of great efficacy and destroys all sins.

Formerly there was a king of great power named Kṣemamūrti. Penance was performed there for a very long time by that noble-souled one.

Thereafter, with his mind sanctified by devotion, he installed that Liṅga. By viewing that deity, one attains welfare. His undertaking succeeds peacefully.

5. In every birth he shall achieve all his desires and become richly endowed. The Kṣemeśvara Liṅga is thus famous as the destroyer of sins.

6. It bestows all desirable things on men. On being heard, it bestows Saubhāgya (good fortune and conjugal felicity). It is remembered that by viewing it one gets the merit of gifting a hundred cows.

7. Hence one who desires the benefit of the holy place should always resort to that Liṅga.

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