Mode of conducting the bathing festival ||69||
1The Fire (Lord) said: O Brahman! Listen! I shall describe in detail (the mode of conducting) the bathing festival. The pitchers should be placed in a drawn figure in the shed in front of the temple.
2First of all, God Hari (Vishnu) should be contemplated, propitiated and offered oblations before doing anything. One should offer oblations hundred or thousand times along with the final one.
3The materials for bathing should then be brought and the pitchers also should be placed. The pitchers to the necks of which threads have been tied should be made fragrant and they should be held in a circle.
4A square should be drawn and divided into eleven compartments. The gruel should be placed at the centre, the adjacent parts having been cleaned.
5The nine angular points commencing with east should be filled with powdered rice etc., and the pitcher should be brought by the wise man after having formulated the kumbha mudrd.
6Darbha grass should be put on them with the pundarikdksa (an epithet of Vishnu) (lotus-eyed) mantra, A pitcher filled with water and containing all gems should be placed in the middle.
7The barley, paddy, sesamum, uncultivated rice, syamaka (grains), horse gram, green gram and white mustard seeds (should be put) in the eight directions in order.
8-9A pitcher filled with ghee should be placed in the middle of the eastern side in the midst of nine pitchers. The remaining pitchers should be filled with the decoctions of the (barks of) palasa asvattha, nyagrodha, bilva, udumbara, sirisa, jambu, sami and kapittha. The central pitcher in the nine pitchers in the south-east should be filled with honey.
10The remaining eight pitchers should be filled with the earth taken from loosening by cow’s horn, elephant’s tusk, horse hoofs, mountains, Ganges bed, sacred spots, rivers and fields.
11-12In the nine pitchers on the south, the central one should be filled with sesamum. The other eight pitchers should be filled with naranga, jambira, kharjura, narikeia (coconut), puga (arecanut), pomegranate, panasa fruits. In the nine pitchers on the south-west, the central pitcher should be filled with milk.
13-15(The remaining eight pitchers should be) duly (filled with) saffron (kuhkuma), naga, campakaa malati, jasmine, punnaga, karavira, and mahotpala flowers. In the nine pitchers on the west, the central pitcher should contain the coconut water. (The other pitchers should contain) waters of the river, ocean, tank, well, rainwater, water from the melted ice, waters of the falls, and of the Ganges. In the nine pitchers on the north-west the central one should have banana fruits.
16The divine herbs sahadevi, kumari, simhi, vyaghri, amrita, visnuparna, satasiva and vaca should be placed in the other eight pitchers.
17-19In the east and the northern (directions) among the nine pitchers one should place the central one having curd. The other pitchers should duly be filled with the fragrant substances— cardamom, tvaca, kushtha, balaka, the two varieties of sandal, the kasturika creeper and the black agallochum. (In the central pitcher among the nine pitchers on the north east) one should fill waters for purification. In the other pitchers we should have (the materials) candra, tara, sukla, girisara (iron), trapu (tin), camphor, sirsha and gems.
20They should be anointed with ghee and lifted up and bathed with the principal mantra with perfumes and worshipped. Having offered oblations into the fire, the final oblation should be offered.
21Offering should be made to all spirits. After paying fees to (the priest), (the priest and the brahmins) should be fed after having installed the images of deities, sages and other divinities.
22Having installed (the image of the god) in this way one should conduct the bathing festival. One who bathes (the image) in one thousand eight pitchers gets all fortune.
23By bathing at the conclusion of the rite, the bathing festival concludes. The marriage and other festivals of (the goddesses) Gauri (consort of Siva), Lakshmi (consort of Vishnu) should be celebrated after the bathing festival.