by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes Greatness of Balarka which is chapter 286 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 eighty-sixth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.
O my beloved, formerly even as a child Arka (the Sun-god) performed penance. Therefore, the name Bālārka became well-known on the earth.
By viewing the deity on a Sunday, a man can avert leprosy. He will never be a leper. Never will children suffer from affliction due to infant sickness.