The Skanda Purana

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.

Chapter 159 - Greatness of Ratneśvara (Ratna-īśvara)

[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]

Īśvara said:

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.

Eight crores of Tīrthas existing on the earth, heaven and intermediate space were brought by Kṛṣṇa and caused to flow there.

O my beloved, a crore of Gaṇas guard that Kuṇḍa (holy pit). After the advent of Kali Age, it becomes inaccessible to those who have no control over themselves.

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.

5. O beautiful lady, the devotee should offer balls of rice especially on the Ekādaśī (eleventh lunar day) day. The Pitṛs will have unending satisfaction.

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.

8. It is called Hemakuṇḍa in Kṛta age. It is named Raupya (Kuṇḍa) in Tretā Age; Cakra-kuṇḍa in Dvāpara Age; and it is remembered as Ratna-kuṇḍa in Kali Age.

9. O beautiful lady, many of the currents of the Pātālavāhinī Gaṅgā, flowing through Pātāla were brought there by Hari and they exist therein now.

10. A bath there is akin to the holy ablution in all the Tīrthas, O goddess of Devas.

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