Mode of investiture with the fibres of Damanaka ||80||
1The Lord said: I shall describe the mode of investiture with damanaka fibres for the lord. It has to be performed as before. Once, the celestials were harassed by Bhairava, a form born of the anger of lord Hara (Siva).
2-5Hence, he was cursed by the foe of Tripura (Siva) (saying), “Become a stum”. Being pleased (after propitiation) the lord said, “Whoever propitiates you would get full benefits and not otherwise.” The votary should address the tree by the (following) words of Bhava (Siva) after having worshipped it with the vedic hymns on the seventh or thirteenth day (of a fortnight). “O (tree) born of the grace of (lord) Hara (Siva)! You be present here. For the sake of work of Siva you have to be carried (home) as per the mandate of lord Siva.” (The tree) should be invited home and the consecration should be done in the evening.
6Having worshipped the sun-god, Sankara (Siva) and fire-god as prescribed, the root (of the tree) should be placed on the west of the lord along with the (clump of) earth.
7The stump (may be placed) on the left or on the head (of the image), the dhatri (myrabolan) on the north, the broken leaves on the south and its flower on the east.
8The fruits and roots should be placed in a cup. Lord Siva should be worshipped in the north-east. The lord should be invoked after having placed the five articles of worship in the folded palms and (later) placing them on one’s head.
9“O lord of celestials! You have been invoked by me in the early morning! O lord! the merit of this penance has to become fully fruitful by your mandate.”
10After having kept the sacred remnants in the vessel covered, (the votary) should worship the lord of the universe with flowers etc., after having bathed early in the morning.
11-12After having performed the nitya and naimittika rites, he should then worship with the damana. After having kept the remnants in the folded palms, lord Siva, fire-god and the preceptor should be worshipped with (the mantras) of the lord of the principle of knowledge of soul, the principal mantras of the lord ending with (the names of) Isvara, with four handfuls (of offering). “Om haum (obeisance) to the lord of sacrifice. Complete the sacrifice. Obeisance to the holder of the spear.”
13“O lord! Whatever has been in excess or in short in my acts let all that be complete by this investiture of the damanaka by me”. (Whoever performs this) would go to heaven after having obtained the benefits of all that is got in the month of Caitra (April-May).