The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Lomasheshvara (Lomasha-ishvara) which is chapter 136 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 thirty-sixth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 136 - Greatness of Lomaśeśvara (Lomaśa-īśvara)

Īśvara said:

1-3. Thereafter, O great goddess, a pilgrim should go to the excellent shrine of Lomaśeśvara. It is situated within a distance of seven Dhanus to the east of Duḥkhāntakāriṇī.

O goddess of Devas, a great Liṅga was installed by the great sage Lomaśa in the middle of the cave, after performing a great penance very difficult to be performed.

O my beloved, when the three and a half crores of Heaven-dwellers beginning with Indra perish he too shall perish.

4. Indras are as many as there are hairs on the body. When Indra perishes duly, a hair (of the sage) may fall down.

5. Thus, with the favour of Īśa, Lomaśa became long-lived. By the time Lomaśa completes his life-span, six Brahmās would have perished.

6. He who devoutly worships that Liṅga adored by Lomaśa shall also attain long life, happiness and freedom from sickness and sorrow.

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