The Skanda Purana

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

This page describes Principal Holy Places in Vastrapatha which is chapter 3 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 third chapter of the Vastrapatha-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 3 - Principal Holy Places in Vastrāpatha

The Lord said:

1. In Vastrāpatha area there are crores of holy places. Yet I shall tell you the essence, of great glory.

2. At Dāmodara is said to be the river known as Svarṇareṣā. There also is the Brahmakuṇḍa and also Brahmeśvara.

3. Bhava is called Kālamegha and is also remembered as Dāmodara. Kālikā is said to be at a distance of four miles.

4. Indreśvara is just there, so also the mountain Raivata. God Vījayanta Kumbhīśvara is also said to be there only.

5. Bhīmeśvara is just there; then there is the very bright holy place called Tailasāraṇikta, (called) Haimamāraka in the Tretā (yuga).

6. The holy place is said to be spread over ten miles. Mṛgīkuṇḍa, destroyer of all sins, is just there only.

7. This is the holy place Vastrāpatha, the mine of jewels and minerals. O Goddess, I have told (this) to you again in brief.

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