The Damanka Trayodasi Vratas ||137||
1Brahma said: -The god (Siva) should be worshipped with the offerings of Damanaka leaves, etc., on the day of the thirteenth phase of the moon’s increase, which is held sacred to the God of Love. The merit of the Puja would make the votary a favorite with the fair sex, and enable him to live happy and prosperous, free from all pain and bereavement. Thus, the description of the Madanaka Trayodasi is finished.
2By worshipping the God Siva on the eighth, and the fourteenth, day of the fortnight, each month, for a year, the votary is freed from the chains of necessary re-births.
3By making the gift of a well-furnished room on the full-moon night in the month of Karttika, and by observing a fast for three days previous thereto, the giver is translated to the region of the Sun, after death.
4Libations of water should be offered to the Pitris on the day of the new moon, and on each day by mentioning its name.
5The votary should fast the whole day and take is his meal in the night, whereby he would be entitled to all the pleasures of life.
6-8The God Hari should be worshipped on a day in the month of Aghrayana, marked by the asterism Mars by addressing him as, “O Keshava, etc.” He should be addressed as Narayana and worshipped in the month of Pausa on a day marked by the asterism Pusya. Similarly, he should be invoked by the epithet Madhava and worshipped in the month of Magha on a day marked by the asterism Magha. He should be invoked by the name of Govinda in the month of Phalguna and worshipped on a day marked by the asterism Purva Phalguni.
The name by which he should be invoked on the day of the Puja in the month of Caitra, whioi should be under the auspices of the asterism Citra, is Vishnu. Similarly, “Madhusudana, Trivikrama, Yamana, Sridhara, Hrisikesa Padmanabha, and Damodara,” are the epithets by which he should be invoked and worshipped on the days in the months of Vaisakha, Jyeshtha, Asadha, Sravana, Bhadra, Asvina, and Karttika, respectively marked by the asterisms Visakha, Jyestha, Purvashdha, Sravanaa, Pusya- Asvini, and Karttika. Offerings of Payasa, etc., should be made to the God in the months of Ashadha, etc., and the Brahmanas should be sumptuously feasted therewith.
9Only Brahmanas well versed in the knowledge of Patica-Ratra school of philosophy should be invited on the occasion.
10The Vratam should be practised for a year, at the close of which the God Vishnu should be worshipped and addressed as follows:
11-15“O thou who suffers no decay, O thou, who art the supreme Brahma make infinite the good which I covet in this life. Absolve my soul from all sins which I have wittingly or unwittingly committed, 0 lord, who can not be measured by any standard of measurement. Grant all my prayers, O thou, the eternal immeasurable stay of the universe, whom decay afflicted not and who art the foremost of beings.” A person seeking beauty, possession, or longevity, should practise the Vratam for seven years in succession.
16-19The Gods Kubera, Agni and Asvins should be worshipped on the first; the Deities Sri and Yama, on the second; the Goddess Parvati, on the fifth; the Nagas, on the speech; the Sun God on the seventh; the Matris, on the eights; Taksaka on the ninth; Indra and Kubera, on the tenth; the holy sages, on the eleventh; the God Hari, on the twelfth; Mahesvara on the thirteenth; and Brahma, on the fourteenth day of the fortnight. The Pitris should be worshipped on the days of the new and full moon. The day of the thirteenth phase of the moon on which the god Mahesvara should be worshipped is known as Kama-Trayodasi.