by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes The Greatness of Dunnavillahridgiri (Dunnavilla-hridgiri) which is chapter 4 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 fourth chapter of the Vastrapatha-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.
The Lord said:
1-2. Then, O great Goddess, one should go to (the holy place) known as Dunnāvilla, at a distance of a Yojana, to the west of the place of Maṅgala, where, O dear one, formerly Bhīma overpowered Dunnaka and threw him. There only is a divine fissure, leading the way to the great lower region.
3. The sacred precept about it is formerly told in the Pātālottarasaṅgraha. There are many places of (the worship of) the Phallus, and sixteen sanctified places.
4. O dear one, formerly it was a mine of gold. O goddess, people, with a desire for prosperity, should go there.