Benefits of constructing temples ||38||
1Agni said: I will now describe the benefits of erecting the temples of Vasudeva and others. One who is desirous of constructing the temples of gods gets freed from sins incurred in thousand births.
2-5Those who conceive of building a temple get the sins accrued in hundreds of births destroyed. Those who approve the building of a temple for lord Krishna, also become free from their sins and go to the world of Acyuta (Vishnu). Having built a temple for Hari, a man immediately conveys a lakh of his ancestors both past and future to the world of Vishnu. The manes of a person who builds a temple for Vishnu having seen it remain in the world of Vishnu well-honoured and relieved of their sufferings in hells. The erection of the abode for the deity destroys sins such as the killing of a brahmin.
6Whichever benefit could not be obtained by doing sacrificial rites, could be got by the erection of an abode (for the god). He who erects an abode for the god reaps fruits of bathing in all holy waters.
7Even the making of a temple by perfidy with dust one would reach heaven. It gets more benefits than those (got) being slain in the battle.
8One who builds one temple goes to heaven. One who builds three temples goes to the world of Brahma. The builder of five abodes reaches the world of Sambhu (Siva). By building eight abodes one remains in the world of Hari.
9-17One who builds sixteen abodes gets enjoyment and emancipation. Having built a small, medium or excellent temple for Hari one gets heaven or the world of Vishnu or emancipation respectively in order. Which merits a rich man would get by erecting an excellent temple of Vishnu, a poor man would get by (erecting) a small temple itself. Having acquired riches and built a temple for Hari even with a small portion of it one would get excellent and enormous merits. By erecting a temple of Hari with a lakh or thousand or hundred or fifty (units of money) one would reach the place of that person who has the eagle in his banner. Those who play in their childhood with (the building of) abodes of Hari with earth also go to the world of Vasudeva. The building of temples of Vishnu at holy places, within temples, accomplished place or hermitage (yields) threefold benefit than those already described. Those who decorate (the temple) of Vishnu with the bandhuka flowers and an oint with fragrant paste, also reach the place of the lord. (Having erected the temple of Hari), a person obtains two-fold merits after having elevated the fallen, the falling and half-fallen. He who brings about the fall of a man is the protector of one fallen.
18-19By (erecting) a temple of Vi§nu one reaches his region. As long as the bricks remain in the temple of Hari, the founder of that family is honoured in the world of Visnu. He becomes pious and adorable in this world as well as the next.
20He who builds a temple for Krishna, the son of Vasudeva is born as a man of good deeds and his family gets purified.
21He who builds an abode for Vishnu, Rudra, Sun or the goddess etc. acquires fame. What is the use of the hoarded riches for an ignorant person?
22-23If one does not cause an abode for Krishna to be built (with wealth) acquired by hard (work) (and) if one’s wealth could not be enjoyed by manes, brahmins, celestials and relatives, his acquisition of wealth is useless. As death is certain for a man so also the destruction of wealth.
24One who does not spend his riches for charities or for enjoyments is stupid and is being bound even while alive, while the riches are flickery.
25Is there any merit in being the lord of wealth acquired either accidentally or by one’s effort, if it is not spent for acquiring fame or for philanthropy?
26-31One may give to the foremost brahmins and also do (such acts) which would glorify him. More than the charities and more than the acts which would glorify him, one has to build the temples of Vishnu and other gods. The temple of Hari being set up by devoted great men, the three worlds, the movable and immovable things and the entire objects get established. All the things beginning with Brahma to the Pillar, that has already born, that is being born, that is to be born, the gross, the minute and the other things are born of Vishnu. Having set up an abode for that lord of lords, the omnipresent, the great Vishnu, one is not born again in this world. By building temples for the celestials, Siva, Brahma, Sun, Vighnesha (lord of impediments), Candi (Parvati), Lakshmi and others (a man) reaps the same benefit as he would get for building an abode for Vishnu. Greater merit (is acquired) by installing images of gods.
32In the rites (relating to) installation of an idol there is no limit for the fruits (gained). An image made of wood gives greater merit than that made of clay. One made of bricks yields greater merit than that made of wood.
33One made of stones gives (greater merit) than that made of bricks. (Images made) of gold and other metals yield more benefits. Sins committed in seven births get destroyed even at the very commencement of installation.
34One who builds a temple goes to heaven and never goes to hell. Having elevated a hundred of his ancestors he conveys them to the world of Vishnu.
35Yama (god of death) said to his emissaries. Yama said: “Those men who build temples of gods and adore the idols are not to be brought to hell.
36Bring them to my view who have not built temples and other things. Move around in the befitting way and execute my directive.
37Except those who have resorted to Ananta, the father of the universe, no other beings would at any time disregard the command.
38Those who are devotees of Vishnu and have their mind fixed on him have to be avoided by you. They are not to live here.
39-49Those who always adore Vishnu should be avoided by you from a distance. Those who sing the glories of Govinda while standing or sleeping or walking or standing behind or stumbling or remaining (at a place) are to be avoided by you from a distance. Those who worship Janardana with obligatory and occasional rites are not to be beheld by you. Those who follow this course attain good position. Those who worship (the god) with flowers, incense, raiments, favourite ornaments, (and) those who have gone to the abode of Krishna are not to be seized by you. Those who besmear with unguents, and those who are engaged in sprinkling his body, their children and their descendants should be left in the temple of Krishna. Hundreds of men born in the family of one who has built the temple of Vishnu should not be seen by you with evil mind. Who ever builds a temple of Vishnu with wood or stone or earth gets free from all sins. One who builds the temple of Vishnu gets that great benefit which (one would acquire) by doing’ sacrificial rites everyday. By building a temple for Vishnu (one) conveys hundreds of his discendants and hundreds of his ancestors to the world of Acyuta. Vishnu is identical with the seven worlds. One who builds a house for him saves the endless worlds and also obtains endlessness. One who builds (a temple) for him, lives for so many years in heaven as the number of years the set-up bricks would remain. The maker of the idol (would reach) the world of Vishnu. One who consecrates it would get absorbed in Hari. One who builds a temple, makes an idol and installs it goes within his range. Agni said: “I have not brought one who has installed Hari as told by Yama”. Hayagiras told Brahma for the installation of gods.