Mode of worshipping the death-conquering deity (Mrtyunjaya) ||18||
1Suta said: -I will describe the Arohana (adoration) of Mrtyunjaya (the victor of death) narrated unto Kasyapa by Garuda, which gave redemption, is holy and identical with all the deities.
2First Om should be placed, then Junkara and thirdly Visarga. This mantram destroys death and poverty.
3This great mantram of three letters is the lord of ambrosia. By reciting it people become freed from death and all sorts of sins.
4By reciting it a hundred times one reaps the fruit of Vedic recitations and of the celebration of sacrifices at sacred places. By reciting it one hundred and eight times at three periods of junction of defeats the Death and his enemies.
5He should meditate on the lord of ambrosia, seated on a white lotus, the giver of boons, with the promise of protection in one hand and jars full of nectar in two other hands.
6He should think of the goddess of ambrosia as stationed on his limb, sweet speeches like ambrosia, holding the pitcher in her right hand and lotus in the left.
7He, who recites it eight thousand time at the three periods of junction for one full month, becomes freed from decrepitude, death and leprosy, defeats his enemies and gives peace unto all creatures.
8-9He is the (real) worshipper who knows the site (of a temple), the placing (of an idol), the suppression of vital airs, the appearance, the temple, water for washing feet, the water for rinsing mouth, the water for bathing, Arghya, Aguru, pastes, lamps, raiment’s, ornaments, edibles, drinks, drinking water, Matra, Mudra, recitation, meditation, gifts, oblation.
10-11The chanting of glories, playing of musical instruments, singing, dancing, Nyasa (assignment of limbs), yoga, circumambulation, bowing, matrams, clarified butter, eulogy, (the life-destroying rite) Visarjana, the adoration with six ingredients emanating in order from the mouth of the great Deity.
12The Arghya, Padya, etc., should be fanned with a piece of cloth, and then purified with Kavaca mantrams and then the rite of Amrtikarana (conversion into nectar) should be performed.
13-14The Adhura Saktis should be adored and Pranayama (suppression of vital airs) should be practised ill the seat. Then the purificatory rite of Pinda should be performed. Then with Agni and other mantrams he should meditate on the self as being identical with the deity. He should then make assignment of hands and other limbs and afterwards adore the self in the form of light stationed in the lotus of the heart.
15He should then throw shining flowers on the idol or the altar. For the adoration of the door of the self the Adhara Saktis should be worshipped.
16And bringing one’s self near the deity he worships his family. For the adoration of six Angas (limbs) the quarters should be divided.
17Dharma and other gods, Sakra and other celestials, the various members of their families and their weapons, the cycles, and the Muhurtas (divisions of time) should be adored. This worship yields enjoyment and emancipation.
18He should first adore the Maqkas, Ganas, Nandigana, Mahakala, Yamuna and Dehalya.
19Om salutation unto Bhairava, the lord of ambrosia. Evem, Om, Jum, Hamsahi, salutation unto the sun.
20In This way adorations should be offered to Siva, Krishna, Brahma, Gana Candlika, Sarasvati, Mahalakshmi and others.