The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Shalakatankata which is chapter 168 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 sixty-eighth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 168 - Greatness of Śālakaṭaṅkaṭā

[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]

Īśvara said:

1-3. Thereafter, O great goddess, a pilgrim should go to the shrine of the goddess Śālakaṭaṅkaṭā stationed to the south of Sāvitrī and east of Raivata.

She is destructive of great sins and all miseries. She is terrible with her lustrous curved teeth. She is adored by all the Gandharvas.

She destroyed many fierce Daityas such as Mahiṣa. She has a huge body. She has been installed in Prabhāsakṣetra by Paulastya (i.e. Rāvaṇa).

4-5. One who propitiates her on the fourteenth day in the month of Māgha shall become a possessor of cattle, intellect, good fortune and sons. He shall be intelligent.

He who devoutly propitiates her by offering an animal, through the offerings of oblations and adorations shall be devoid of enemies.

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