The Viranavami Vratas, etc. ||135||
1Brahma said: -A votary having fasted, on the day of the ninth phase of the moon’s in the month of Asvina, should worship the Goddess and the Brahmanas, and mentally recite, a hundred thousand times, the Mantra which is held as principally sacred to her. This Vratam is called Vira Navami.
2Brahma said: -By worshipping the goddess with the offerings of Damanaka twigs on the day of the ninth phase of the moon’s increases in the month of Caitra, a man acquires enough merit on be above all desires, sufferings, and defeats in life. Such a man bears a kind of charmed life against sword cuts, etc., and is immune from the horrors of violent or premature death. This Vratam is called Damanaka Nivami.
3Brahma said: -A votary should worship the Goddess Durga on the day of the tenth phase of the moon’s increase in the month of Asvina. The Vratam thus undertaken should be practised for a year under the auspices of the same lunar phase, each month. It should be concluded by making a gift of ten cows and the golden images of the presiding deities of the quarters of heaven to the Brahmanas. The merit of the performance entitles its practiser of the suzerainty of the universe. This Vratam is called Digdasami.
4Brahma said: -For worshipping the is on the day of the eleventh phase of the moon with various kinds of offerings, a man is rewarded with wealth, beauty and progeny, and is glorified in the region of the celestial saints.
5-6aThe Rishis such as, Marici, Atri, Angirasa, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu, Praceta, Vasishtha, Bhrigu and Narada should be worshipped in the month of Caitra with-garlands of Damanaka flowers.
6b-7I have finished describing the Asokakhy-Astami, Vira-Navami, Damanaka-Navami, and Digdasami Vratas.