by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes Eminence of fruits of Arbuda as heard of which is chapter 63 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 sixty-third chapter of the Arbuda-khanda of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.
1. This is all that I have summarised to you about the eminence of Arbuda which has been proclaimed and which you were asking for.
2. Describing about them including their number will take hundreds of years. There are numerous centres of pilgrimage as well as sacred places in the mountain of Arbuda. Step by step one can come across hermitages put up by prominent Sages.
3. The king! there is no such place of pilgrimage, no such place endowing one with perfection, no such force, river or God in the world, which cannot be found out there in the Arbuda mountain.
4. The king! those who definitely put up here in this beautiful Arbuda mountain by virtue of their good deeds, do not have any visible inclination even for Heaven.
5. What utility can be in his remaining alive, in his accumulation of wealth or in his continuous muttering of God’s name within himself, the king, if he does not subdue his intellect and take a look of the Arbuda which is complete in itself.
6-7. O king! whether they are insects or flies, or are animals or birds or deer or are born out of heat or eggs or plants or from the womb, when they die on this Arbuda mountain either with desire or without desire, they attain proximity of Śiva becoming free from old age and death.
8. The king, one who listens to this Purāṇa everyday attended with due faith will attain the same fruits of pilgrimage to Arbuda.
9. Hence with all care and efforts, one needs to undertake pilgrimage there (i.e., to Arbuda). By such desire, the self attains spiritual fulfilment in this as well as the other world.