The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Glory of Jalaprabhasa (Jala-prabhasa) which is chapter 196 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 ninety-sixth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 196 - Glory of Jalaprabhāsa (Jala-prabhāsa)

Īśvara said:

1-3. Thereafter, O great goddess, a pilgrim should go to the shrine of Prabhāsa stationed in water [i.e., jala-saṃsthita]. It is situated not far from Vṛddhaprabhās [Vṛddhaprabhāsa?] to the south.

O goddess, listen to the excellent greatness of that deity. When the genocide of Kṣatriyas was carried out by Rāma, the son of Jamadagni, O fair lady, he was overcome with a great deal of contemptuous disgust in his mind.

4. Thereupon, O my beloved, he performed a very fierce penance for many years and propitiated Mahādeva, the Lord of Suras.

5. Then Mahādeva became pleased and appeared before him directly and said, “O sage of excellent Vratas, I wish to grant you boons; choose the boons that you wish to have.”

Rāma said:

6. O Lord, if you are pleased with me, if a boon is to be granted to me, do reveal your Liṅga that has been concealed by Vajra.

7-8. After having massacred many Kṣatriyas, I felt a great revulsion and contemptuous disgust. By viewing your Liṅga, perhaps, this feeling may perish. With your favour, O Śaṅkara, may my sin be destroyed entirely.”

Śaṅkara said:

9-10. The thousand-eyed Indra conceals by means of Vajra again and again my Liṅga that rises up frequently because he gets frightened much. I shall never come within your view in the form of a Liṅga.

11. That is because you say that you have been overwhelmed by revulsion, disgust and sin. O excellent Brāhmaṇa, by means of physical touch, I shall eradicate it!

12-13a. O highly intelligent one, a great Liṅga will come up in the middle of this meritorious expanse of water. Do view it. The entire revulsive feelings will vanish and you will be free from sins.

13b. After this was spoken (the Liṅga) came up from the centre of the watery expanse, O lady of excellent countenance.

14. Therefore, its name Jalaprabhāsa spread over the earth. O goddess, by touching it, a man will be able to go to Śivaloka.

15. If the devotee feeds a Brāhmaṇa of praiseworthy holy vows here, I shall undoubtedly be considered to have been fed in the company of my wife.

16. This origin of Jalaprabhāsa has been narrated to you by me. When listened to, it suppresses sins and bestows all desired benefits.

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