The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Greatness of Suparnela which is chapter 352 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 three hundred fifty-second chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 352 - Greatness of Suparṇelā

Īśvara said:

Thereafter, O great goddess, one should go to the Bhairavī called Suparṇelā, to the south of Durga-Kūṭa (Gaṇapati) at a distance of five hundred Dhanus.

2. Formerly, while the Nāgas (serpents) were watching, Nectar (Amṛta) was taken away by Suparṇa and was kept there (at a spot in Prabhāsa).

3. Seeing that Amṛta was protected by her by the side of Nāgas, she therefore became famous in the world as Suparṇelā.

4. The earth is called ‘Ilā’. That spot was established by Suparṇa. Hence that sin-destroying spot came to be known by the name ‘Suparṇelā.’

5. A man should worship her after taking a bath in Suparṇa Kuṇḍa. He should feed Brāhmaṇas. He does not die in miseries. The woman has all her children alive. She is (as if) decorated by her children.

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