Method of worshipping Vishnu and other gods ||21||
1Nrada said: I will (now) describe the general method of worshipping Vishnu and others as well as the mantras (mystic formulae) which yield good to all. One has to worship (him by saying) “Salutations to Acyuta (Vishnu) and to (his) entire family (of gods).
2-4(Salutation to) Dhatr, Vidhatri , Gariga, Yamuna, the two nidhis (treasures), the fortune of Dvara(ka), the Vastu-deity (the presiding deity of the house site), Sakti (female divinity), Kurma (tortoise), Ananta (the serpent), the Earth, righteous knowledge, detachment from the world, the omnipotence (of the lord), the unrighteousness etc. the root, stalk, filament and pericarp of the lotus, Rigveda and other (Vedas), Krita and other (yugas), sattva and other (qualities), the solar and other regions, the pure and elevating union of knowledge and action. One has to worship these.
5Joy, truth, the goddess benevolently placed, Durga (Parvati), speech, goblins, field and Vasudeva and others are worshipped.
6The heart, head, coat of mail, eye and weapons, conch, disc, mace, lotus, Srivatsa (sacred mark on Lord Krishna’s chest) and the Kaustubha gem are worshipped.
7The garland of wood-flowers (worn by Krishna), Sri (Laksmi), Pusti (nourishment), Garuda (vehicle of Vishnu), and the preceptor are worshipped. Indra, Agni, Yama, Raksa (Nairpta), water, wind, lord of wealth (Kubera) (are also worshipped).
8That Isana, the unborn, and weapons, vehicles, Kumuda and others (are worshipped next). By the worship of Visvaksena (all-pervasive) (Vishnu) in a circle first, one gets his desires accomplished.
9Then the general worship of Siva (is described). One has to worship Nandin at first. (Then) Mahakala (Siva), Ganga, Yamuna, Ganas, and others (are worshipped).
10-11(Then) the speech, the goddess of prosperity, the preceptor, the Vastu (deity), the different female energies and Dharma (the lord of death) and other gods (are worshipped). (The female energies) Varna, Jyestha, Raudri, Kali, Kalavikarini, Balavikarini, Balapramathini, Sarvabhutadamani, Manomani and Siva (are worshipped) in the due order.
12(Saying) Ham, Hum, Ham (salutation) to the form of Siva, Siva is worshipped along with his limbs and mouth. Haum, (salutation) to Siva, Haum and Ham (salutations) to l£ana (one of the Paficabrahman forms of Siva) and other faced (forms of Siva).
13Hrim (salutation) to Gauri (Parvati), Gam (salutation) to Gana, face of Sakra (Indra), Canda, heart and others. The mystic syllables in the worship of the sun (are described now). The tawny coloured Dandin is to be worshipped.
14One should adore Uccaihsravas (the horse of Indra), the very much pure Aruna (younger brother of the Sun-god). The moon and the twilight, the other faces and Skanda (progeny of Siva) in the middle are worshipped.
15Then (the female divinities) Dipta, Suksma, Jaya, Bhadra, Vibhuti, Vimala, Amogha, Vidyuta and Sarvatomukhi arc worshipped.
16Then the mantra Ham, Kham, Kham for the firebrand (is used for the worship) of the seat of the sun and (his) form. Hram, Hrim, salutation to the sun, Am, salutation to the heart.
17(Salutation) to the (rays of the) sun, to his head, and similarly to the flames reaching up the regions of demons, wind, earth, ether, and heavens. Hum is remembered as the mystic amulet.
18-19(Salutations are made) to the lustre, eye, Hrahi, to the weapons of Sun, Raji, Sakti, and Niskubha. Then Soma (Moon), Angaraka (Mars), Budha (Mercury), Jiva (Jupiter), Sukra (Venus) and Sani (Saturn) as well as Rahu, Ketu, tejas, Canda are worshipped in order in brief. Then (he worshipper (should worship) the seat of the image (of the deity) and the heart etc.
20(The mantra) for the seat of Vishnu for the image of Vishnu (is) “Ram, Srim, Srim, Sridhara, Hari.” Hrim (is) the mystic syllable for the images (of all deities) which is capable of captivating the three worlds.
21Hrim, Hrisikesha (master of the senses) (Vishnu), Klim, Vishnu. With long vowels (one should adore) the heart and other things. (The performance) of worship on the fifth day (paticami) with all these (mystic syllables) yields victory in battles.
22-23Worship of the disc, mace, conch, pestle, sword, Sarnga (the bow), noose, goad, Srivatsa (mark on the chest of the lord), with the garland of wood-flowers and with the mantra Srim, worship of Sri, Mahalaksmi, Tarksya (vehicle of Vishnu), the preceptor, Indra etc. (are made) in order. With the (mystic) syllable Aum, Hrim, Devi (goddess) Sarasvati (one has to worship) the seat of (Goddess) Sarasvati.
24The Hrit etc., Lak$mi, Medha, Kala, Tusti, Pustika, Gauri, Prabhavati, (and) Durga (the different female divinities), goblins, preceptor and the presiding deity of the field (are worshipped).
25Then (one has to say) Gam, (salutation) to the lord of the ganas, Hrim to Gauri, Srim to Sri, Hrim to Tvarita, Aim, Klim, Saum to Tripura using the fourth declensional endings and ending with salutations.
26All the mystic syllables are pronounced preceded by the Pranava (syllable Om), adding bindu (the nasal sound marked by a dot), either while offering adorations or the performance of repetition.
27By the offer of a homa (offer unto the fire) with sesamum and ghee and other things, (these mantras) become bestowers of dharma, kama, artha and moksa (four principal objects of human life). Whoever reads these syllables of adoration reaches heaven after enjoying pleasures.