The Rambha Trtiya Vratam ||120||
1Brahma said: -Now I shall deal with the mode of practising the Rambha-Trtiya-Vratam which brings good hick, and opulence td the votary and blesses him with the pleasures of fatherhood, etc. The votary shall fast on the third day of the moon’s increase in the month of Margasirsha, procure water and the blades of the sacred Kusa grass.
2-3aAnd worship the goddess Gouri with the offerings of Bilba leaves and footh brushes made of Kadamba twigs. In the month of Pousha he shall take nothing but camphor on the day of the Vratam and worship the goddess Girisuta (the mountain-daughter) with the offerings of Kuruvaka flowers, Kfsaras and toothbrushes of Mallika twigs.
3b-4In the month of Magha, the votary shall live on a butter regimen on the day of the penance and worship the goddess Subhadra with the offerings of Kalhara flowers, Mandas, and imaginary tooth-brushes formed of the spirit of song and harmony (Gitimayi). In the month of Phalguna, the votary shall take nothing but barley gruel after the Puja on the day of the vow, and worship the goddess Gomati with the offerings of Saskulis and tooth-brushes of Kunda stems.
5-6aThe goddess Visalakshi should be worshipped with the offerings Madhavi flowers and Krsras, and the votary shall take curd after that and d edicate toothbrushes of Tagara twigs to the goddess. The Srimukhi manifestation of the deity should be worshipped with Karanikara flowers in e month of Vaisakha the votary eating nothing but the pollens of Asoka flowers’ and dedicating tooth-brushes of Asoka twigs to her, thereafter.
6bc-7The Narayana manifestation of the goddess should be worshipped in the month of Jyeshta with the offerings of treacle (khanda) and lotus lilies; and the votary shall take nothing but cloves after the Puja on the day. The goddess Madhavi should be worshipped with the offerings of Bilba leaves in the month of Ashadha. The goddess Sri should be worshipped in the month of Sravana with the offerings of kshirannam and toothbrushes of Audumbara twigs.
8The votary shall take nothing but sesame seeds and offer toothbrushes of Tagara twigs, after that, to the goddess. The goddess Uttama should be worshipped in the month of Bhadra with the offerings of toothbrushes of Mallika twigs. The votary shall take nothing but Sringada after the Puja on the day.
9-10The goddess Rajaputri should be worshipped in the month of Asvina with the offerings of Java flowers; and the votary shall eat nothing, but fracas on the night of the Vratam. The godoess Padmaja should be worshipped in the month of Karttika with the offerings of Jati flowers, fruits, viands, and Krisras and the votary shall take nothing but the Paficagavyam, that day. The Vratam should be thus celebrated for a year and closed by feasting a Brahmana pair and distributing confections made of clarified butter to the Brahmanas.
11After that, Uma and Mahesvara should be worshipped with the usual ceremonial rites; and gold, silver, confectionaries, clothes, and umbrellas should be given to the Brahmanas, the night to the final celebration being spent is songs and revelry.