Merit of performing Sraddhas at Preta Sila ||86||
1Brahma said: -The well renowned hill of Pretasila lies detached in three places at Gaya, viz., at the sanctuaries of Prabhasa, Pretakunda and the Gayasira.
2The hill rests on the shoulders of the god of virtue and is supported by the aforesaid deity only for the elevation of the whole world.
3It is so called from the fact of its emancipating the departed spirits of one’s parents, friends and relations in life, and thus fulfilling the initiative purpose of its own creation.
4The spirits of sages and potentates and canonized queens of old, perpetually grace with their presence the summits of the blissful Pretasila, and hence a Shraddha ceremony performed at the foot of this sacred hill, leads its performer to the region of Brahma, after death.
5-6The hill known as the Mundaprishtha is so called from the fact of its standing on the exact spot where fell the head of the demon Gaya at the time of his demise, and forms a sort of natural pantheon, visited by all the gods in the universe. The strip of forest which stretches along the foot of the hill of Mundaprishtha and is washed by the head waters of the sacred Brahmasara (the lake of Brahma) is called the forest of Aravindam (Aravinda Vanam). Partly hidden by the forest, the hill of Aravinda rears its lofty head and is seen looming at a distance. The hill is also known as the Kraunca-pada from the fact of its being impressed with the marks of a Kraunca’s (a bird of the heron species) feet.
7-8The spirit of the original deities, such as the mace-bearing god, etc., hovered over and lay inherent in that sacreds hill, and hence it should be regarded as an elevation permeated with the respective essences of the aforesaid gods. The hill, pregnant with the spirit of the club wielding god, had originally buried under its weight the head of the demon Gaya, but the divine spirit became patent and manifest in course of time, and the hill is to be booked upon us identical with his divine self.
9-11For the preservation of order and religion in the world, and for the suppression of evil and wrongdoers, the birth and deathless Hari had incarnated in the shape of the divine fish, tortoise, boar, Narashima (Man lion), Yamana (Dwarf), Rama (Parasu Rama), Rama (the son of Dasaratha), Krishna, Buddha and Kalki, in the company of his celestial cohorts, the Rudras etc.
12-13aIn like manner, the club wielding god, who was invisible and disembodied in the beginning, became patent and took shape at Gaya. And since he was worshipped at the outset (Adi) by such gods, ad Brahma, etc., with offerings of flowers, perfumes, etc., he is called the original (Adi) club-wielding deity.
13b-16Accordingly the pilgrim him just after his arrival at Gaya (Adyam) with such offerings as Arghas, water for absolving his feet, perfumes, flowers, lamps, burning sticks of incense, garlands, sweets and edibles, garments, bells, mirrors, cowries, ornaments, boiled rice, obsequious cakes, etc., is blest with all the good things which wish can name is life, becomes the possessor of untold wealth and well-filled granaries, is enabled to live up to a ripe old age, honoured and revered as a man of knowledge and wisdom, and becomes the happy progenitor of a prosperous and fruitful race.
17-18Blest in the love of a true and devoted wife he is privileged to taste of an advance draught of heaven, where he is sure to be glorified after the close of his mortal career. From heaven he will reincarnate as the undisputed monarch of the whole earth, victorious in wars against his adversaries, courageous and noble in his thoughts and dealings, and so on through successive rebirths until the fm.al liberation or emancipation of his Self will be worked out. The man who performs a Sraddha ceremony at the present shrine, ascends to the region of Brahma with his departed manes, after death.
19The man who worships at Gaya the divine image of Valabhadra, and that of his sister Subhadra, acquires wealth and wisdom in life, and goes to the region of Purushottama after death, leaving a large number of sons to mourn his loss.
20By casting obsequious cakes to his depaned manes in the front of the divine images of Gana Purushottama and the sun god, a man is sure to lead their spirits to the region of Brahma.
21By devoutly making an obeisance to the god Kapardi Vighnea a man is sure to mount over all obstacles in life. The man who worships the god Kartikeya, is sure to be translated to the region of Brahma.
22A worship of the twelve Aditayas, duly performed, is sure to prove curative in cases of all bodily distempers. A worship of the god of fire, imparts a healthful glow to the complexion of the worshipper.
23By worshipping the god Revanta a man becomes the possessor of a splendid stud of horses. The moon god, duly propitied, grants the boon of unbounded wealth to the worshipper. A worship of the goddess Gauri confers affluence upon her votaty.
24A worship of the goddess Sarasvati brings on wisdom to her suppliant, whereas the goddess Lakshmi increases the pecuniary resources of the man who duly supplicates her favour.
25By worshipping the lord of the celestial birds (Garuda) one is sure to get over all impediments in the way to success, while the god Kshetrapala, duly propitiated, relents to nullify the evil influences cast by the malignant planets. The man who worships the sanctuary of the Mundaprishtha hill, lives to witness the realization of all his desires.
26A man bitten by a serpent, is made sound and whole by worshipping the Nagashtakam. The man who worships the god Brahma, is translated to the region of Brahma after death.
27A worship of the god Valabhadra imparts health and strength to the votary, whereas a propitiation of the goddess Subhadra brings good fortune in its train.
28By worshipping the god Purushottama the best wishes of a man are sure to be realized. The man who worships the god Narayana is sure to extend his sway over the entire earth, and to become the undisputed monarch of the whole human race.
29By touching, and making obeisance to, the image of the Nrsimgha (man-lion) manifestation of Vishnu, one is sure to win victory in battle. The man who worships the image of the boar manifestation of Vishnu at Gaya, is sure to be crowned as a king and to acquire proprietary rights in lands.
30By touching the image of Vidyadhari, one is sure to acquire the status of a Vidyadhara (celestial musician). By worshipping the image of the original club-wielding deity, a man is enabled to witness the realisation of all his desires.
31A worship of the god Somanatha leads his votary to the region of Siva. By making obeisance to the god Rudresvara, a man is sure to be glorified in the region presided over by the Rudras.
32The man who makes an obeisance to the image of Ramesvara, becomes endeared to the people like the illustrious prince (Rama) after whom the god is named. The man, who hymnises the god Brahmesvara, should be regarded as arleady a fit inmate for the region presided over by that divinity.
33-34aBy worshipping the god Kalesvara, a man becomes invincible to decay. A worshipper of the Kedara manifestation of Siva, is glorified in the region sacred to that divinity. The man who worships the god Siddhesvara, is sure to achieve penitential success and is be lauded in the region of Brahma.
34b-35aThe man, who sees and touches the image of the original club-wielding deity at Gaya (Adi Gadadhara) succours the souls of a hundred generations of his departed manes and is translated to the region of Brahma.
35b-37aBy worshipping the same deity, a seeker of sovereignty is sure to acquire a kingdom, a suppliant for peace would enjoy divine tranquility in his soul, a worker for the liberation of his self would undoubtedly see his labours crowned with success, a lover of virtue would be strengthened in his love, and a solicit or of creature comforts would have enough of good things in life. In short there is not a single blessing which the human wish can name, which is not promised to a votary of the club wielding divinity.
37b-38aSimilarly a female votary of the god would be blest with the pleasures of maternity or would be rewarded with the undying love of her husband as her supplication might be.
38b-39The man who having worshipped the image of the club wielding deity, makes a gift of water, or of boiled rice or of obsequious cakes at Gaya, is sure to ascend to the region of Brahma after death. Gaya is the most’ sacred of all the sanctuaries on earth, and the club-wielding god, transformed into stone at Gaya, is the foremost of all the deities that deign to visit our mortal globe.
40He who has seen the club wielding god (maintainer of order and equity in the universe symbolized by his club or mace, has also seen his stone manifestation at Gaya, since He is the Universal Spirit who is all and runs through all.