The Greatness of Kumaresa ||34||
1-2Narada said: Then, as Guha was desirous of installing the third Linga, Brahma said thus for his (Guha’s) satisfaction: “We shall ourselves make another (Lingo). Although this one also is a splendid Linga devoid of all defects, I shall make another (Linga) which shall be the most excellent of all.”
3Then Brahma himself made an excellent Linga devoid of all defects. It was pleasing to the eyes and the mind. Its benefits were attractive.
4-6There, for the gratification of Skanda, a very beautiful lake was constructed by all the Devas. The Heaven-dwellers placed the holy waterways beginning with Ganga there and they spoke to them, “As long as this lake exists, be pleased to stay here, all of you.” For gratifying “Sara (reed)-born Lord (i.e. Skanda), all the holy waterways said, “So be it.” Then, accompanied by Brahmanas, beginning with the son of Gadhi, Brahma himself propitiated Hutasana (‘Fire-god’) by means of the Mantras pertaining to Rudra.
7Then, on the auspicious fourteenth day of the month of Vaisakha, those important Brahmanas installed the Linga permanently.
8-10The chiefs of Gandharvas sang songs. Groups of celestial damsels danced. Then the delighted Skanda took his holy dip in the splendid lake. With great devotion, he bathed that Linga with the waters of all the holy waterways. He worshipped it with different kinds of flowers repeating the Mantras. At the time of the worship, Hara was present within the Linga along with mobile and immobile beings. He himself accepted the worship.
11Adoring him with great feelings of devotion, Skanda asked, “What are the offerings to be made unto you? What are the benefits of the different kinds of offerings? ”
12Sri Mahadeva said: If anyone installs my Linga and makes a splendid abode (temple), he will reside in my world as long as the moon and the sun last.
13He will shine with fame for as many lives as the number of times he makes my abode clean and white-washed.
14By offering a flagstaff, one becomes a distinguished and eminent person. By offering a banner, one becomes free from sins. By inscribing pictures, he rejoices with Gandharvas.
15By sweeping dust particles, a man becomes liberated from ailments. By painting the abode of the Lord, one attains a beautiful body.
16By offering flowers, milk and other things, by giving gingelly seeds, water, raw rice-grains and Darbha grass and by giving Arghya on the head of Sambhu one shall stay in heaven for ten thousand years.
17If one bathes the Linga with ghee, one shall destroy all sins. If one bathes the Linga with honey, one shall become lovely and pretty as well as fortunate and prosperous. If he bathes it with curds or milk he shall become free from ailments.
18The merit (of bathing the Linga) with water, curds, milk etc. gradually increases ten times. After bathing it devoutly for a month, one should make it dry and shining by rubbing with flour etc.
19By bathing me with the five products of the milk of a Kapila (i.e. brown-coloured) cow or by the waters of the Celestial River (Ganga) and by worshipping me, one attains my world.
20Scented water is better than water sprinkled with Darbha grass. Water from holy rivers etc. is better than that (scented water). Water taken from the meeting place of Mahi and the ocean is better than that of holy rivers.
21By taking water separately in a pot (for bathing Lord Siva) one derives the same benefit as is obtained by giving a Kapila cow in charity. If the pot is made of clay, copper, silver or gold the benefit increases hundred-fold gradually.
22Sandalwood, aloe, saffron and camphor are serially superior (to the previous one). By applying the same over me (i.e. Linga), one shall become glorious, lovely and happy.
23Incense with fragrant gum-resin is good. Camphor is better. Agallochum is still superior. By offering these incenses, a man can easily attain heavenly pleasures.
24One who offers a lamp obtains fame and excellent vision. By offering Naivedya (i.e. food offerings) one gets well-cooked savory food.
25If a flower of Hemakarya (Campaka?) is offered, the person obtains twice the benefit. He becomes truthful too.
26After filling (i.e. covering) up the Linga by means of unbroken Bilva leaves or different kinds of flowers, one shall stay in heaven for a hundred thousand years.
27A man who makes a flower-grotto shall become pure in heart. He shall sport about in heaven for a long time in the Puspaka aerial chariots.
28By offering ornaments and robes, a man becomes an enjoyer of worldly pleasures. By offering good chowries the man becomes a king.
29He who offers beautiful canopy is never assailed by enemies. By means of vocal and instrumental music as well as dances, the devotee becomes pure and attains me.
30By offering conchs and bells, the devotee becomes learned and well-reputed. By performing the Rathayatra (i.e. solemn procession with the Linga or idol placed in a chariot) festival, one shall be liberated from sorrows for a long time.
31By performing prostrations and obeisance, the devotee shall be born in a great family. By reading scriptural texts in front of me, the devotee becomes wise and learned.
32By eulogizing me with devotion, a man is liberated from the delusions of mind. By taking affectionately and wearing devoutly the remnants of worship, one obtains the benefit of the charitable gift of a cow.
33By waving lights ceremoniously, one becomes devoid of agony and grief. By offering cooling devices, one becomes liberated from the torments arising from (the disturbance of) the humours.
34After bowing down and offering charitable gifts according to one’s capacity in the presence of the Linga, the devotee obtains hundred-fold benefits. He rejoices here and hereafter.
35If the rites are performed in accordance with the injunctions, I forgive fifteen offences when obeisances are made, twenty when ablutions are performed and a hundred offences when worship is performed.
36-39O Kumara, all this will take place here as indicated in the case of those who worship me stationed here in Kumaresvara (shrine). O dear one, just as I stay in Varanasi in the form of Visvanatha, so also I will stay in this secret holy spot (or well protected holy spot) in the middle of Kumaresvara. On hearing these words from Rudra within the hearing of the Devas, Guha became surprised. He bowed down to and eulogized the consort of the daughter of the Mountain.
40“Obeisance to Siva devoid of ailments. I salute Siva identical with the mind. Obeisance to Siva worshipped by Suras. Obeisance to you always, you who are merciful to devotees.
41Obeisance to Bhava, the source of the world. Hail to you who have killed Manobhava (i.e. god of Love). Obeisance to you whose great holy rites are mysterious. I salute the support of the inexplicable Maya.
42Obeisance to Sarva, to Siva, to the Siddha, the ancient one. Obeisance to Kala (god of Death). I salute Kala (the sweet- toned one): obeisance to you, the Lord who are beyond Kala (Time) and Kala (Arts).
43Obeisance to one with natural prosperity. I salute the one who scatters unmeasured great prosperity; I bow to the one worthy of being a refuge. Obeisance to the one devoid of Gunas. Obeisance to you, the follower (i.e. possessor) of dreadful qualities.
44Hail to the creator of different kinds of worlds; obeisance to the bestower of everything on the devotees. Salutation to the creator, the source of all holy rites. Obeisance always to you, O Lord, to the excellent maker.
45Obeisance to you always, to the Lord with infinite forms. Salute to you always, to the one whose fury is unbearable. Obeisance to you whose measurement is impossible. I bow to you whose vehicle is the great bull.
46Obeisance to the highly famous one, the great panacea. Obeisance to you, the dispeller of the groups of ailments. I salute the mobile and immobile one, to the bestower of thoughts. Obeisance to Siva, the Lord of Kumara.
47O my Lord, O Lord of the living beings, you are the great Lord, O Lord of (god of) love, Lord of Speech, Lord of strength, Lord of intellect, O Lord of anger, O Lord of fascination, O Lord of the superior and the inferior. Hail to you, O Lord of salvation. O Lord lying in the cavity (of the heart).”
48After eulogizing the trident-bearing husband of Uma, the bestower of boons and after bowing down to him, the son of Uma said, “Obeisance, obeisance (to you).”
49For a long time Siva commended this hymn that was befitting unto him and that was full of devotion, and spoke these words:
50“The miserable circumstance of the slaughter of one of my devotees should not cause worry to you, O dear son. You are worthy of being praised even by sages, by this act (of yours).
51Listen to the benefit acquired by those people who will be eulogizing me with great devotion by means of the hymn composed by you, both in the mornings as well as in the evenings.
52They will have neither sickness nor poverty nor will they be separated from their beloved ones. After enjoying rare worldly pleasures, they will go over to my abode.
53Further I shall grant other boons too that are excessively difficult to get. I have been extremely delighted by your devotion. O dear son, for the sake of your gratification (I shall bestow them).
54If people worship me on the Vaisakhi day, offer charitable gifts and eulogize me along with the worship on the shores of Mahi and the ocean, all their holy rites will have everlasting benefits.
55Those men who take their holy dip in the lake here on the Vaisakhi day, will obtain the benefit of all holy spots.
56He who takes his bath in the meeting place of Mahi and the ocean and perpetually worships me, Kumaresa, with devotion, will have the power of recollecting (the incidents of) the previous birth.
57This recollection of the previous birth, O son, makes him remember all those rare duties conducive to spiritual welfare, whatever may be the Jati (species/caste) in which he is born.
58At the time when there is drought, O son of Krittikas, one should duly bathe me with various auspicious Kalasas (‘water pots’).
59A devotee should bathe me with scented water one, three, five or seven nights and then apply saffron.
60The devotee should wear red clothes and worship with oleander flowers, china rose flowers (or any other) red flowers or with flower garlands.
61He should feed Brahmanas and ascetics of well-praised holy rites. He shall perform Lakshahoma (i.e. offerings of ghee etc. into the fire a hundred thousand times), Sivahoma and Grahahoma etc.
62Thereafter a land-gift should be made. Then Gavahnika (i.e. daily fodder to a cow) should be offered. The words “Siva, Siva, Om Santi” should be pronounced. Then the Rudra Mantra should be got repeated.
63By means of these holy rites performed in accordance with this injunction by excellent Brahmanas, even those clouds that are not filled will shower rain. There is no doubt about it.
64The earth will be filled with various kinds of grains and grassy meadows. People and cowherds will enjoy good health.
65-70aThe king shall be virtuous. He will not be afflicted by the troops and hosts of enemies. One who bathes my Linga with ghee during the transit of the sun (from one zodiac to another) gets the merit of gifting away a virgin (in marriage). There is no doubt about this. He who bathes the Lord with milk or Pancamrta (i.e. mixture of milk, sugar, ghee, curds and honey) obtains the merit of (performing an) Agnistoma sacrifice.
He who dies at the holy spot of Kumaresvara shall stay in the world of Rudra till the time of the annihilation of all living beings. Listen to the merit earned by a person who takes his holy bath in the place where Mahi meets the ocean, during the transit of the sun, during the equinoxes, during the solar or lunar eclipse, during the full-moon or new-moon day, during the movement of the sun from one zodiac to another or during the Vaidhfta period (of stellar position) and worships me, Kumaresa, with great devotion.
70b-72aWhatever be the cumulative merit of taking holy dip in all the Tirthas all over the earth, or of worshipping all the Lingas—that merit is acquired by one who worships Lord Kumaresa. By serving Kumaresvara a man certainly obtains freedom from sickness, acquisition of sons and wealth, happiness and issues.
72b-78(Partially defective text) If an ascetic stays here with great cleanliness and vow of celibacy, he attains the great Pasupata Yoga and gets merged in me. I show the result at once to the mortals of sinful souls by eight types of Divya (‘ordeals through which guilt is proved or denied’). Kosha (i.e. vessel for holding the water intended for the ordeal) is the usual one. The Linga should be bathed by (repeating) the five Mantras beginning with Aghora. The Linga should be made shining and brilliant. For the sake of the Divya ordeal that water should be offered with the Aghora Mantra itself. The man (i.e. suspect) shall drink three handfuls of this water repeating as follows: ‘If there is virtue, truth and Isvara in the three worlds, I shall immediately find out the auspiciousness or inauspiciousness by drinking the (water from the) Kosa. If the good point is seen; there is auspiciousness; if it is false, it shall kill his body. The results are experienced by one having an excessive degree of merit or sin within three days, three fortnights, three months or three years.
79These boons have been granted by me to the Linga installed by you here. (What shall I do) for the sake of increasing your gratification, O son of Uma? Tell me.
80Skanda said: I am contented and blessed, O Mahesvara, thanks to these boons granted by you. Obeisance, obeisance, obeisance to you. This place should never be abandoned by you, O Lord.
81-82After bowing down to the Lord thus, he bowed down to his mother and said, “This place should not be abandoned by you too, dear mother, for the sake of my love. I shall install you too here, O Parvati; be the bestower of boons.”
83-86Sridevi said: O son, I too stay there where Sarva abides in his form. Particularly on account of your devotion I shall remain here as the bestower of boons on women. Observing your activities during the battles as well as your mercifulness towards devotees of Rudra, I have been excessively delighted by you. I have become the most important one among those endowed with sons. I think that the ordeal of child-bearing undergone by women becomes fruitful when the son is gladly announced by good men as a devotee of Rudra, O son of six faces. Hence I shall stay here for the sake of your gratification.
87-91On being propitiated by women, I will grant good fortune, good husband and sons. If they worship me with flowers, incense and unguents after bathing in cold water on the third day in the month of Caitra, I will grant them eight types of Saubhagya (‘conjugal felicity, blessedness’ etc.). They will enjoy all fortunes and riches (along with) parents, parents-in-law, sons and husbands. A woman of great devotion should get herself weighed against a collection of the following eight things: saffron, flowers, sandal, betel leaves, collyrium, sugarcane, salt (i.e.) the seventh of the lot, and the eighth is mentioned to be good Jiraka (cumin seeds). (These should be given away as gifts.) She may weigh herself severally against gold, scents or auspicious fruits (which also may be gifted away). After that she may eat (some) salt. She will never be a widow.
92If a woman takes the holy dip and worships me in the months of Magha, Karttika or Caitra, she will never experience ill-luck, misery and poverty.
93On hearing these words of the daughter of the Mountain, the delighted son of Parvati installed (the idol of) the daughter of the Mountain and spoke to Kapardin (‘one having matted hair’):
94-96“O’Lord, be the dispeller of the obstacles of those who, at the outset, worship you with flowers, incense and sweet-meats and then worship Kumaresa.” Kapardin said: O brother, there will never be obstacles (in the activities of) those men who are devotees of this Linga installed by you. My word follows (my decision). When this was spoken (i.e. promised) by Vighnaraja (Ganapati), the delighted (Kumara) installed him too. Hence, he should be worshipped always particularly on the Caturthi (fourth Tithi).
97After installing Kumarega thus and after getting these boons from Siva, the Six-faced Lord was pleased in his mind. He considered himself blessed.
98-102aHe stayed there itself partially in the presence of Kumaresvara.
Those who go on pilgrimage called Svamiyatra shall visit Kumara stationed here. Their pilgrimage then becomes fruitful, O descendant of Bharata. The devotee should worship Karttikeya particularly on the full-moon day in the month of Karttika. He shall obtain the same benefit as in Svamiyatra. Such is the efficacy of the meeting place of Mahi and the ocean. Taking (that holy spot) as the basis, the Linga is worshipped for the sake of the welfare of the soul. He who is attacked by ailments, shall be liberated from them by repeating the hundred and eight names. With purity (of mind and body) and vow of celibacy he should repeat them for a month. He will be liberated from sins.
102b-105Raji, Rama and others propitiated this formerly (and became famous). They attained a kingdom hundred times powerful and also the world of Rudra. Jamadagni’s son propitiated the Linga for ten thousand years and obtained an axe by which he chopped off the arms of Arjuna in the course of a battle. In front of the Lord of Devas, after realizing the great qualities of the Tirtha, the excellent Linga well-known as Ramesvara was installed. He who worships it with devotion goes to the world of Rudra.
106O Phalguna, Rama and Kumaresa shall be pleased with him. Thus, the description of Kumaresa has been made succinctly.
107-110He who glorifies Kumaresa in his presence and those who listen to it everyday, dwell in the world of Rudra. If a person reads the greatness of this Linga at the time of Sraddha, the Sraddha of Pitris becomes one of everlasting benefit. There is no doubt about this. If one repeats the greatness of this Linga to a pregnant woman, the son born shall have all good qualities and the daughter born shall be chaste. This (narrative) is meritorious, virtuous, dispeller of sins and the cause of delight. It bestows till the desired benefits on those who read and listen.