by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes Greatness of Ratneshvara (Ratna-ishvara) which is chapter 159 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 fifty-ninth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.
1-3. Thereafter, a pilgrim should go to the excellent Ratnakuṇḍa, O great goddess. It is situated within a distance of seven Dhanus to the south of Ratneśa. It is destructive of great sins and was created by Viṣṇu himself.
4. By taking bath therein, O great goddess, and by performing rites laid down by injunctions, one will acquire the benefit of a horse-sacrifice more than a hundred times thereof.
6. O goddess, the devotee should keep awake on the Ekādaśī day in accordance with the injunctions. If he be of steady, unwavering faith, he will get what is desired.
7. In order to get the full benefit of proper performance of the pilgrimage, the devotee should make the gift of a milch cow and yellow garments with Viṣṇu in view.
10. A bath there is akin to the holy ablution in all the Tīrthas, O goddess of Devas.