Mode of making a pilgrimage to Gaya ||116||
1The Fire God said: One should do sandhya (twilight worship) after bathing in (the river) Mahanadi with (the recitation of) gayatri (mantra). The ancestral rite and offer of balls (of rice) in the morning preceded by (the recitation of) gayatri (mantra) yields undiminishing (fruits).
2Having bathed in the noon (as the sun remains up) and having worshipped with songs and (playing of) musical instruments, the (evening) twilight worship is done there itself in front of the sun and the offer of balls (of rice) is made.
3(Similarly) one should (offer) at the place of Agastya. One, who has come out after having entered the yonidvara (the fissure in the hill), does not enter the yoni (the womb) again and will be liberated from the cycles of birth and death.
4(He) should then pay obeisance to Bali (a demon king) at Kakasila and (lord) Kumara (Subrahmanya).Then one should offer balls (of rice) at Svargadvara, Somakunda and Vayutirtha.
5Then (he) should offer balls (of rice) at Akasagahga and Kapila. After having paid obeisance to Siva, the lord of Kapila, one should offer balls (of rice) at Rukmikunda.
6After having worshipped (lord) Kotisa at Kotithirtha, one (should offer balls of rice) at Amoghapada. Then the balls (of rice) should be offered at Gadalola, Vanaraka and Gopracara.
7After the worship of the cow, one who does the ancestral rite and offers balls (of rice) at (the river) Vaitarini, elevates twenty-one generations. Then one should offer balls (of rice) at Krauncapada.
8-11(The pilgrim) should then offer balls (of rice) at Visala and Niscira on the third day. One who bathes in the Rinamoksha and Papamoksa and with the sacred ash at the Bhasmakunda gets free from sin. One should then worship lord Janardana (uttering as follows): “I have placed this ball (of rice) on your hand. O Janardana! When I die let this remain without decay.” (Lord) Janardana himself (remains) at Gaya in the form of forefathers. Having worshipped that lotus-eyed lord one gets liberated from three debts. After having worshipped (lord) Markandeyesvara, one should worship (lord) Gridhresvara.
12Then the balls (of rice) should be offered to (lord) Maheia at the Mulaksetra at Dhara. Balls (of rice) should be offered at Gridhrakuta, Gridhravata and Dhautapada.
13(The pilgrim) should then offer balls (of rice) at the Puskarim, Kardamala and Ramatirtha. One should make obeisance to (lord) Prabhasesa and offer pinda (balls of rice) at Pretasila.
14(The following words should be recited on these occasions) : ‘‘May all (my) fore-fathers and relatives who are still in the form ofpretas (the dead people still in the state of a spirit) in the heavens, sky or earth get released from that state by my offer of pindas.”
15One who offers pin4a at the following three places. Pretaiila, the sacred Gayasiras and Pretakunda at Prabhasa, liberates his family.
16(The pilgrim) should pay obeisance to (lord) Vasishtesa and offer pinda in front of that (deity). He should then offer pinda at Gayanabhi, Susumna and Mahkoti.
17(Pinda should be offered) in front of (lord Gadadhara) at Mundapristha and in the presence of the goddess. The Mundapristha together with the guardian deities should be worshipped first.
18By doing such worship, one will not have fear and the effects of disease and poison will be destroyed. One who worships (lord) Brahma conveys his family to the region of Brahma.
19One who worships Subhadra (sister of lord Krishna), Balabhadra (brother of lord Krishna) and Purusottama (here refers to lord Krishna), gets all his desires fulfilled, elevates his family and attains heaven.
20One should pay obeisance to (lord) Hrisikesa and offer pinda in front of that (deity). Having worshipped (lord) Madhava, one becomes honoured by the celestials.
21One who worships (the goddesses) Mahalaksmi, Gauri, Mangala and Sarasvati elevates his fore-fathers and enjoys all pleasures in heaven and becomes a learned man (in his next birth).
22-24One who worships the twelve Adityas (suns). Fire- god, Revanta and Indra, gets free from diseases etc. and attains heaven. One who worships Kapardi, Vinayaka and (lord) Karttikeya (Subrahmanya nourished the six Krittikas) gets his desire accomplished without any impediment. One would get everything by worshipping the eight mysterious lingas—Somanatha, Kalesha, Kedara, Prapitamaha, Siddhesvara, Rudresha, Ramesha and Brahmakesvara.
25By worshipping (lords) Narayana, Varaha and Narasimha one would get prosperity. By worshipping (lords) Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesha and Tripuraghna (destroyer of Tripura) one would get all things.
26He who worships Sita, Rama, Garuda and Vamana gets all the desired things and conveys his forefathers to the region of Brahma.
27By worshipping lord Adigadadhara in the company of celestials, one gets free from three debts and redeems the entire family.
28The stone slab is of the form of celestials and it is hence meritorious. There is no place in Gaya where there is no sacred spot.
29-32That person in whose name a pinda, is offered, is conveyed to (the region of) Brahma eternally. After having paid obeisance to Phalgvisa, Phalgucandi, Angarakesvara, one should perform the ancestral rite at the place of Matanga and Bharatasrama. So also one should offer food at Hamsatirtha, Kotitirtha and PanduSila. There, at the Agnidhara, and at Madhusravas, pinda should be offered. One should offer pinda at the forest of Dhenuka and worship the cow at Dhenupada. One who offerspin4a in the Sarasvati (river) redeems all the forefathers.
33After having worshipped the evening twilight, one should pay obeisance to (goddess) Sarasvati. The brahmins proficient in the Vedas and Vedangas should do the three twilight worships.
34After having done circumambulation of Gaya and having worshipped the brahmins at Gaya, offer of food or anything else becomes undecaying.
35-42The lord Adigadadhara should be glorified and prayed to as follows: “I pray to the conferer of yoga, (lord) Gadadhara, the resident of Gaya, who redeems the forefathers for the sake of dharma (righteousness), artha (prosperity) kama (pleasure) and moksha (redemption), I salute that true brahman, who is devoid of a body, organs, mind, intellect, life-force and ego who is always pure, and who is endowed with intellect. I always salute the lord who is bliss, without a second form, who is worshipped by the celestials and demons, and who is surrounded by gods and goddesses. I pay obeisance to the destroyer of the sinful propensities of the Kali period, the person wearing the garland of wild flowers, the protector of all the worlds, the one bent on the redemption of the family, the one divided himself into the manifest and unmanifest. I worship that destroyer of frightful sins and one who remains as the permanent essence. O lord! Gadadhara! I have come to Gaya in order to do the ancestral rite. You be the witness for me here today. Let me be free from three kinds of debts. May the gods Brahma, Isana and others be the witness for me. I have come to Gaya and have redeemed my forefathers. Whoever reads (about) the greatness of Gaya at the time of (doing) the ancestral rite, attains the region of Brahmi. The ancestral rite done to the forefathers becomes undecaying and it confers the region of Brahma.