The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Mantravali Kshetrapala which is chapter 243 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 two hundred forty-third chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 243 - Greatness of Mantrāvali Kṣetrapāla

Īśvara said:

1-4. Thereafter, O great goddess, a pilgrim should go to the shrine of the highly lustrous Kṣetrapāla situated in the north-eastern direction.

This deity is adorned with a series of Mantras. It is stationed there on the banks of Hiraṇyā for the sake of protection.

The holy spot there is Hīraka and the Lord keeps watch over there. A man (devotee) should adore the Lord on the thirteenth lunar day in the dark half of a month by means of scents, flowers, offerings and oblations. The deity thus worshipped shall be the bestower of all cherished desires.

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