by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes The Greatness of Bhava which is chapter 2 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 second chapter of the Vastrapatha-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.
The Lord said:
1. O great Goddess, thence one should again go to the holy place Vastrāpatha, which is the central holy place of Prabhāsa, dear to me.
2. There actually God Bhava, causing the destruction to the world (dwells). He, the first Lord, is the guardian, the first Lord of the (five) elements.
3. He, the self-existent One, Bhava, the giver of prosperity remains there at Prabhāsa. He is known as Bhava since the world comes from Him.
4. He, who goes on a pilgrimage (but) once, and that too of the holy place Vastrāpatha, and bathes at the holy spots there, is blessed.
5. Having seen God Bhava, and worshipped Him according to rules and having once worshipped Him properly, that best man would be the sharer of the pilgrimage to Kedāra.
8. Residence there (at Vastrāpatha) is difficult to have; seeing Bhava is difficult. (For a person who resides there, and sees Bhava) does not undergo the condition of being dead, nor does he suffer the pain due to Yama or hell.
9. O You of excellent complexion, those, who die in the abode of Bhava, are (more) blessed of the blessed, and deities of the deities.
10. Those whose mind is fixed on Vastrāpatha and Bhava (are blessed). They recommend the gift of a cow there, so also meals to Brāhmaṇas. The offering of a lump of rice to the Manes at Śrāddhas would gratify them till the end of a kalpa.
11. Thus in brief is narrated to you, the greatness of Bhava. When heard it puts an end to sins and gives the fruit of myriads of sacrifices.