by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes Greatness of Bhairaveshvara (Bhairava-ishvara) which is chapter 149 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 forty-ninth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.
1. Thereafter, O great goddess, a pilgrim should go to the excellent shrine of Bhairaveśvara situated to the north-east of Brahmakuṇḍa. It is destructive of sins. The great Four-faced Lord is ready stationed there for guarding the Tīrtha.
2-3. If the pilgrim takes his holy bath in the great Kuṇḍa and worships the deity in accordance with the injuctions regarding the five Upacāras devoutly and with perfect control of the sense-organs, the man redeems all the earlier members of his family as well as all the future generations. No doubt need be entertained in this respect.
4. He is not reborn here in this world. He will never meet with destruction. He will roam about always by means of aerial chariots shining like the sun.
5. Surrounded by thousands of women, he will sport about like Devas in heaven.
6. O great goddess, this Four-faced Deity is highly refulgent. By viewing this Liṅga, a man is rid of all sins.