On Highness of Venkatesagiri and Pushkara and Salagrama ||26||
1The Maiden said: -Why has Srinivasa come over here, please tell me, O sage? Where was the mountain Sesha, the destroyer of sins situated formerly? Please tell me, why has the lake Svamipushkarini come over here?
2Jaigisvya said: -O fortunate one, O blessed one, hear how lord. Vyankatesha came over here. O illustrious one, out sins are destroyed by narrating and listening to the tale.
3-5In olden days, there was an asura named Hiranyaksa, the son of sage Kasyapa and Diti. He functioned as a keeper at the second gate of the palace of Vishnu. But as cursed by Sanaka the son of Brahma, he became a Daitya and began to trouble the devotees of lord Vishnu. Sanjiva, known as Vijaya was a devotee of Vishnu. Hiranyaksha the Daitya began to trouble the devotees. But, as influenced by Vijaya, he thought of practising penance. Thereupon his mother Diti spoke to him.
6-8Diti said: -Dear son, do not take to penance. You are just eight years old. Do not trouble me. I cannot remain, even for a moment without you. Do not practice penance if you want me to remain alive. Though he was thus accosted by his mother, he being still under the spiritual influence of Vijaya said.
9“Dear mother, get rid of these worldly attachments. Direct your mind to the service of lord Vishnu. The very fact that you love me as your son is the cause of your pain and pleasure.
10-11O mother, as long as you have love for me, you will remain in trouble. O mother, you regard me as your son, I regard you as your mother. I regard the venerable sire as my father, while you regard him as your husband. O mother, all this is an appearance, not reality, for Vishnu alone is the creator as well as protector. This is a fact which cannot be controverted.
12Hence, Vishnu alone is the real mother. The mother who gives birth is so only formally.
13If motherhood accruing from giving birth were a principal factor, then you will also be the mother of a jar which you create. Or conversely, who will be the mother of Brahma, the uncreated god? Therefore, the uncreated primeval lord Vishnu alone is the father, he being the real creator.
14-15If the generating parents be the principal cause, then who is the protector and preserver of the child in womb? If the protection of the child be confined to parents then who were the protectors of Kurma and Kripa in their sufferings? Tell me, O mother.
16The primeval lord Vishnu alone is the son because he protects against the hell Pum which is none other than this body itself. O mother, neither I your son nor your husband nor your parents nor brothers can ever be called your protectors. None other than Vishnu is the protector.
17O mother, cut off your illusion with the weapon of knowledge and fix up your mind in Hari. 0 mother, the devotional remembrance of the name of Hari alone can destroy sins forever.
18He who out of devotion remembers Vishnu is purified. But in this land of activity (Bharata) it is rare to obtain a human form and rarer is the devotion for Vishnu.
19Your life is wasted in vain. O mother, you should soon begin worshipping the feet of Srinivasa”. Having instructed the mother thus, the pious son adopted the life of an ascetic.
20By his sincere devotion he pleased Brahma and got the boon of immortality. Then he, the best of Daityas rounded the earth in his hand and took the same to Patala.
21Then Hari incarnated as boar in the country of Mustas. Making way through the ocean he entered Patala and discovered the earth.
22Putting the earth at the tip of his teeth he lifted it up from the waters. Hiranyaksha, when he saw the earth lifted up, came upon Vishnu but was struck at the ears and killed by Vishnu who established the earth in the previous fashion.
23Vishnu, as a boar, set up the elephants in all quarters and settled in Srimushta. Then Vishnu thought to himself. “Where shall the people propitiate me in my human form? Where shall I favour them with my blessings.”
24O good girl, thus Hari thought to himself. Then from Vaikuntha he came down to the earth, riding on Garuda and brought the mountain Sesha along with him.
25Then lord Vishnu established the mountain Sesha over the region extending from Suvarnamukhan to Sri Krishna Veni.
26He settled Srisaila at the tail of the mountain, Ahobala at the middle and Srinivasa at the mouth.
27By practising even a little of penance at Ahobala, one can fulfil one’s desire. The holy rivers such as Ganga and others are always present here.
28-29Whoever abides here, full of faith and devotion obtains knowledge, wealth, progeny, kingdom, whatever be his needs. Whatever desire he entertains he obtains the fulfilment of it. Whatever is desired to be accomplished the same is accomplished there. The mountain is therefore called Cintamani.
30-31The mountain contains many lakes, hence it is called Pushkaradri. It is golden in hue, hence it is named Kanakadri It has arrived from Vaikuntha, so it is called Vaikuntha. It contains the wealth of nectar, so it is named Vyankatadri.
32-33The glory of Vyankata mountain is indeed very great. Even lord Brahma of four faces cannot describe it. Those who propitiate the mountain every day receive immense reward. The lame are cured of their lameness, the blind are restored to their eye-sight.
34The dumb gain speech; the deaf are restored to hearing. The barren become fertile and are blessed with sons; the poor become rich.
35Mere devotion for this mountain can bring about these benefits. In fact, no one can realize the true nature of this mountain lord.
36He who understands the true nature of this mountain is blessed with pleasure. Lord Vishnu who knew the glory of this mountain left Vaikuntha and made his abode on this mountain on the bank of Svamipuskarini together with his consort Lakshmi.
37Homage to Srinivasa, lord of Vyankata, of charming and auspicious body and the bestower of desired objects.
38O maid, now hear the glory of Svamipuskarini. Lord Srinivisa abides in the midst of this lake.
39Those who take bath herein attain liberation very easily and very quickly. In this holy place of pilgrimage there abide three and a half Crore of Thirthas that constitute the entire lot of holy places in the three worlds.
40This sacred place of pilgrimage called Srinivisa is visited by all gods. This is what they declare to be the abode of Srinivisa.
41The very sight of Srinivisa destroys sins. At each and every visit the devotee is associated with the good.
42Association with the good leads to knowledge, knowledge leads to liberation. But the benefit is available only to those who are initiated in the cult of Vishnu.
43Mere ablution in the Tirthas, without initiation into the Vaishnava cult, cannot bring about liberation. those who think otherwise are assumes, condemned to five in a wretched state.
44O maiden, in the north-west of this holy place, there dwells Vayu always engaged in the service of the lord.
45This is called Vayutirtha measuring twelve betas, six in the west and six in the north.
46The Vaisnavas (the devotees of Vishnu) and their devotees too while they take bath in this Vayu tirtha should mutter prayers thus: “May the compassionate lord Srinivasa be pleased with me while I take bath here.
47The god Rudra and other gods take bath in this Maddhvarutha. Those others who desire to take bath should do likewise early in the morning before sunrise.
48Those who evacuate, urinate, vomit or spit or wash their anus or penis at his holy tirtha become asuras or Rakshasas.
49-50Those who listen to the recitation of the Bhagavata Purana attain indescribable merit. Lord Hari, Kesava who abides in this Madhvatirtha is pleased with those who repeat the eight-syllabled Mantra, the best and the most confidential of all mantras.
51The gods do not know the merit that accrues to those who give Salagrama in charity at the Vayutirtha. That merit is known only to Srinivasa, the lord of Vyankata who bestows the same upon his devotees.
52Ablution in the pool at Vayutirtha without any desire of fruit is highly meritorious. It is a sheer luck if a devotee happens to hear the recitation of the Bhagavata Purana.
53-54Highly meritorious is the gift of Salagrama to a Brahmana and the gift of Vishnu’s image of the colour of Jambu fruit, possessed of two faces, wielding four wheels, with the body anointed with saffron and adorned with gold embroidered flag,· good thunderbolt and the golden seeds of barley corn.
55O auspicious one, the gift of the idol of a deity is excellent. More excellent or meritorious is the gift of a cow that yields abundant milk Similarly, excellent are the gifts of precious clothes and jewels.
56The gift of wealth in coins that are extremely precious to the donor is the best of all gifts, they say. To gift cloth etc. which are discarded by the donor do not yield any fruitful result.
57The gift of milk-yielding cow is most excellent. The cows giving abundant milk are rare. Moreover, the donors do not generally give excellent gifts in charity.
58O maiden, the gift of the Bhagavata Purana at the Vayutirtha is most excellent, though very rare. The gift of wealth in coins too is very excellent, though this too is very rare. Discourse with the learned Vaisnavas who possess the essence of knowledge is indeed rare, very rare.
59In the north of Srinivasa there is Candratirtha where the moon shines always.
60-61The Moon worships lord Srinivasa at this Titha. O maiden, those who take bath here are absolved of sins such as the sin of going to bed with the wife of the preceptor.
62He who after taking bath donates Salagrama while sitting in the eastern direction attains knowledge that-gets him release. He who makes the gift of Dadhivamana derives immense fruit.
63-66The idol of Dadhivamana should have the size of barley corn. It should be mind, blue in hue, slender in proportion and of pleasant aspect. It should wield a pair of wheels, five gopuras, bow and arrow. It should be straight and round and adorned with a garland of wildflowers. It should contain a thousand heads, a silvery dot on the right side of the forehead and an auspicious semicircular mark on the left and the full Moon in the middle. Such auspicious gifts are attended by good fortune to the donor. They are very rare in the Kali age. O maiden know that this idol is equal in merit to the idol of Lakshmi Narayana.
67The gift of this idol is very rare, listening to the narrative of this idol is also rare. Listening to the real nature of the lord, that too from the mouth of a devotee of lord Vishnu, is rarer still.
68Taking bath thereat and listening to the true nature of Vamana corelate in equal merit.
69Takingbath in this auspicious pool is highly meritorious. Lucky indeed is the person who takes bath at noon in this pool.
70Greatly meritorious is the gift of an idol of Vishnu who had formerly assumed the form of a pig. The idol should measure in size as the Jambu fruit or should be circular as the egg of a hen.
71-72The idol should have the size of chick-pea and a pleasant aspect too. It should have two wheels one on each side, with the middle left blank. In the middle of the forehead it should have a golden dot.
73He should worship the idol of Bhuvaraha, give the idol to a Brahmana in charity, listen to the merits of his narrative and have a full view of the idol of Srivaraha and thus achieve the aim of his life.
74Sy taking bath at the pool, listening to the auspicious narrative about the idol of Bhuvaraha, he shall attain worldly prosperity and then final beatitude.
75In the north-east of Srinivasa, O maiden, there is the most sacred Tirtha of Rudra. Being stationed there, god Rudra worships Srinivasa.
76-78This Tirtha is spread ova an area of eight pastas. The devotee of lord Vishnu must take bath here. After taking bath concentratedly and attentively he should listen to the divine tale of lord Vishnu. O maiden, while staying there he should perform all activities-bathing. eating, drinking and donating gifts-for the propitiation of goddess Lakshmi and lord Nrisimha every day.
79The idol of Lakshmi Nrisimha is of the size of a berry fruit. It is round, marked with dot, adorned with a pair of wheels on the left side. It bears two streaks of gold and some marks of fluid of blood. It is yellow, of amiable disposition and marked with the lines of the lotus, etc. You should know that it gives prosperity to the devotee in this world and salvation hereafter.
80O lord of bird, the gift of such an idol made of Gandika stone is highly commendable, though it is very rare. (If unable to gift the idol) the devotee should take bath of purification, listen to the tale of Nrisimha, the lord of Lakshmi.
81O maiden, by giving the idol of Srinsrisimha, the devotee achieves the fulfilment of his wishes.
82-83In the midst of the north-eastern and eastern directions, there is Brahma-Tirtha. A bath therein is highly meritorious. It accomplishes all undertakings. As the gift of Salagrama is highly meritorious, so is the gift of Lakshmi Narayana.
84-88This idol is of the size of Udumbara. In complexion it is as white as the cow. It bears four wheels, marks of Gokhura and Suvarnakina. Adorned with the garlands of wildflowers and Vajrapunkha, such an idol of Lakshmi Narayana is rare to obtain, especially in the Kali age. The gift of such an idol is highly meritorious.
89-90A devotee should take ablution at the Brahma-tirtha and listen to the tale of Lakshmi Narayana. He who understands the merit of Salagrama stone and of the idol of Lakshmi Narayana obtains the fruit of that knowledge equal to that of merit.
91lndra-Tirtha is situated to the east of Srinivasa. facts, the lord of Saci, is stationed there to worship Srinivasa.
92One should donate the holy stone of Salagrama to a Brahmin well versed in the Vedas. The gift of Salagrama destroys all sins, even those accruing from the slaughter of a Brahmin.
93O maiden, he who donates, at this Tirtha, the idol of Salagrama to a worthy. Brahmin attains a status equal to the status of the lord.
94-95The idol of Sitarama is twofold: The one carrying five wheels and the other possessed of six wheels. There too, the one possessed of six wheels is superior to the other. The one that carries five wheels yields double fruit.
96-97The idol of Sitarama is of the size of a hen’s egg. It is smooth, of blue complexion, possessed of three faces, six wheels, adorned with the pollen of lotus, streaks of gold, flag, diamond, etc.
98The auspicious idol of Sitarama, capable of bestowing freedom upon the devotee is indeed very rare in this Kali age.
99O maiden, at this Indra-Tirtha, there is a holy stone called Sitarama. Donating gifts thereat is highly meritorious. But that is possible only to a person who has performed a great penance.
100Ha devotee is unable to donate anything in charity, he should at least hear the glorious narrative of the lord. Thereby, he can derive as much fruit as is available by the gift of Salagrama.
101O maid, to the south-east of Srinivasa there is a holy Tirtha called Vahni. The god Vahni is always stationed there to offer worship to Srinivasa.
102He who takes bath at Vahnitirtha and remembers lord Vishnu with devotion attains supreme knowledge that confers final release. A bath at this Tirtha is highly meritorious.
103As the bath at this place is highly meritorious, so is devotion highly meritorious. Similarly, meritorious is the gift of Salagrama or Vasudeva stone.
104The idol of Vasudeva is short, round, blue, auspicious, of pleasant aspect and possessed of Venu. The gift thereof is highly meritorious in the Kali age, O maid.
105If a devotee is unable to gift the idol, he should at least take bath at this Tirtha and listen to the glory of Vasudeva Sila. The wise declare the merit of the one at par with the merit of the other.
106To the south of Srinivasa, there is Yama Tirtha. Lord Yama is stationed there to offer worship to the supreme lord Vishnu.
107Taking bath and giving gift thereat is attended by indestructible award. The gift of Salagrama Sila is what they recommend highly at this Tirtha.
108The gift of Pattabhirama Sita is also meritorius. As big as the mango fruit, ft has three faces.
109It bears no wheel on the head, though otherwise it bears seven wheels. It is blue in hue, bears golden streaks, Gopura, etc.
110The idol of Pattavardhana Rama is highly meritorious and blissful. He who donates Pattavardhana attains sovereignty. No doubt should be entertained on this point.
111In the Nairita Kona, there is a Nairita Tirtha. God Nirrita is stationed to worship lord Srinivasa.
112A devotee should take bath thereat an act which absolves him from rebirth.
113He who donates the idol of Purushottama in the form of Salagrama stone attains the supreme position.
114The idol of Purushottama is of the size of Audumbara fruit auspicious and pleasant in appearance. It carries a pair of wheels beside the head-wheel. It has a golden dot, a diamond and a goad.
115The gift of the idol is highly meritorious and pleasing to Srinivasa. Hit is not possible to make gift of that idol, O maid, he should listen to its traits. One is on par in merit with thee.
116In the midst of southern and south-west comer is situated Sesa-tirtha. If a devotee takes bath here and donates the idol of Sesha to a Brahmin he goes to the highest regions whence them is no return to this earth.
117-118The idol of Sesha is of the Udumbara fruit, circular as the ear-ornament, with the face resembling that of the serpent chief Sesha, carrying a pair of wheels with a fruit in one of the wheels. The idol has a faint colour though the form is quite distinct.
119The idol of Sesha is twofold: awakened and asleep.
120The awakened form is the one with rising hoods which number seven lacs. The sleeping form is rare to behold. It is one that bestows fortune in this world and liberation hereafter.
121-122If the idol carries nine to twenty wheels it is called Ananta. It confers endless fruits to the worshipper. If it carries more than twenty wheels, it is called Visvaambhara.
123The gift of an idol of gesa with saffron, wheels, and other traits is highly meritorious, though the idol with such traits is very rare in the Kali age.
124If he is unable to gift the idol, he should take bath in the Sesha-tirtha and listen to the traits of the lord with a clear mind. He too attains the highest position.
125O lucky one, beyond the Sesha-tirtha, there lies a Varuna Tirtha. The god Varuna is stationed there to worship the lord.
126He should take bath at this Tirtha and dortate the gift of Sumara, Matsya or Trivikrama, if he desires prosperity.
127-128The idol of Matsya is of the form of Jambu fruit. It is slender in tail, adorned with dot, with three wheels on the face and a single wheel on the tail. It bears the mark of Srivatsa and a garland of flowers. The idol of Simsumara has the symbol of wheel below the tail.
129The idol of Trivikrama bears a wheel on the face. (If he is unable to gift these idols) he should listen to their traits and the fruit of gifting them at the excellent Varuna Tirtha. He goes to Vishnu’s region where he rejoices in the company of the gods.
130At the place where the above idols are stationed, Ganga, the beat of the sacred rivers, is indeed present there.
131A bath at the Svami Pushkarani is highly meritorious and a bath at the sacred pools in the area of Svami Pushkarani is still more highly meritorious.
132The donation of Salagrama stone on the bank of the lake Svami Pushkarini is highly meritorious. The gift of one’s daughter (in marriage to a bridegroom) is still more meritorious.
133Meritorious is the gift of a Kapila cow; meritorious is the gift of eatables.
134O maid, you should take bath in the prescribed way in the Svami Pushkarini lake and other sacred pools and donate a bed to a worthy Brahmin.
135Thus addressed by the sage Jaigisavya, the maid took bath in the Svami Pushkarini lake and observed fast She took bath at other holy places too. She offered gifts to the Brahmanas and halted there for twenty-one days.
136He who hears the glory of Svami Puskarini becomes highly devoted to lord Srinivasa who is identical with the universe.