The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Gangapathagangeshvara (Gangapatha-gangeshvara) which is chapter 267 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 sixty-seventh chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 267 - Greatness of Gaṅgāpathagaṅgeśvara (Gaṅgāpatha-gaṅgeśvara)

Īśvara said:

1-3. Thereafter, O great goddess, a pilgrim should go to the holy range called Gaṅgāpatha where Gaṅgā has a long flow of stream and Lord Śiva is called Gaṅgeśvara.

O goddess, Gaṅgā, the destroyer of sins, flows into the sea. It is well-known all over the earth as Uttānā. This river is an ornament unto all the three worlds.

O great goddess, one who takes the holy bath there and worships Gaṅgeśa shall be rid of terrible sins. He shall obtain the benefit of ten thousand Aśvamedhas (horse-sacrifices).

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