Description of the Five Lingas Concluded ||36||

1Narada said: On seeing those Lingas (installed) on the earth by the son of Hara, Devas, the chief of whom were Hari, Brahma and Indra spoke to one another:
2“Oh! blessed indeed is this Kumara by whom four Lingas have been installed on this rare (holy spot of) Mahisagara-Sangama.
3We too shall install a series of Lingas for (our own) purification, for the sake of the gratification of Skanda and Rudra, for the sake of the good people and for our own benefit.
4-6Or (Another Alternative) Devas are crores in numbers. There is no limit to the number of the sages. If all of us were to install Lingas here on the banks of Mahi, how can there be (proper and regular) worship thereof, in view of their number lessness. It is said (in the Smritis), ‘If in any country the Linga of Rudra is not worshipped in accordance with (the people’s) capacity, that country becomes ruined and ravaged by famine, pestilence and robbers. Therefore, we shall collectively install one Linga that shall be auspicious.”
7After coming to this decision, all those Suras, the chief of whom were Hari and Brahma as well as Guha, obtained permission from Mahesvara and they were delighted.
8They (searched and) found out a splendid region of land in a secluded place and installed an excellent Linga made by Brahma himself.
9Guha called that Linga by the name Siddhesvara because it had been installed by the Devas beginning with Brahma after they had achieved their objects.
10There (near) that Linga an excellent tank was dug by all the Devas. It was filled by those noble-souled ones with the excellent holy waters of all of the Tirthas.
11In the meantime, O son of Pritha, the son of Sesa, named Kumuda, came from Patala and said to the remaining snakes and serpents:
12“In the course of this war with Taraka, a Danava named Pralamba fled out of fight for fear of Skanda and the sinful one has entered Patala.
13O leading serpents, he is destroying your riches, sons, wives, daughters and abodes. Hurry up, run immediately.”
14On hearing those words of Kumuda, the son of Sesa, the leading serpents became eager and anxious saying “Let us go, let us go.”
15Thereupon, Skanda prevented them. With great anger he took up his Sakti and hurled it towards Patala directing “Let the Daitya be killed.”
16Thereupon, the Sakti hurled by Skanda’s arm, pierced the earth and with great velocity entered (Patala) as fate enters (i.e. befalls) a man all of a sudden.
17It killed Pralamba who had been surrounded by a crore (of Daityas). It delighted the serpents and went back preceded by waves of waters.
18The hole made in the ground by the Sakti, O son of Pritha, was filled with the waters of Patalaganga that dispels sins.
19-20Skanda gave it a name. It is remembered as Siddhakupa. If a man takes his holy bath in the well on the eighth and fourteenth days of the dark fortnights, observes fast and worships Lord Siddhesvara without diverting his mind towards anything else, a great number of his sins arising from worldly existence becomes dissolved.
21A clever devotee who takes his holy bath in the Siddhakunda and performs the Sraddha rite, shall be liberated from all sins. In every birth, he shall be deservedly endowed with devotion.
22The delighted Rudra granted this boon that the Vata (banyan tree) shall be of everlasting benefit to him. It will be like the Vata at Prayaga. This is true. There is no doubt about it at all.
23A highly fortunate one should come here and perform the Sraddha rite with great devotion. That offering of rice balls shall be of everlasting gratification unto all the Pitris.
24Thereupon, the Devas beginning with Brahma accompanied by Skanda, prayed to goddess Siddhambika, the great Sakti.
25“It was on being permeated by you that Lord Janardana, in the form of a fish, performed various feats for the sake of uplifting the universe.”
26-27They requested her thus: “O auspicious one, this place should never be abandoned by you. All these powerful Ksetrapalas (i.e. watch and ward of all the holy shrines) (should be blessed by you). O auspicious one, those who worship you on the eighth and fourteenth day by means of oblation and flowers, should always be protected by you in the course of all mishaps.”
28On being told thus, the Siddhamata (Goddess) accepted it saying, “So be it.” They installed her to the north of the Linga.
29Then the Devas themselves placed sixty-four Ksetrapalas and Mahesvara named Siddheya for the protection of the holy spot.
30-31aIf people worship you at the beginning of their enterprises every year with the oblation of Rajamasa (a kind of pulse), you should protect them like a delighted father who protects his own people.
31b-32aThereafter the Devas who bestow spiritual achievements requested Siddhivinayaka, the son of Kapardin, and joyously installed him.
32b-35The powerful god Vighnarat (i.e. Ganesa) grants Siddhi (‘success’) to those who always worship him here when beginning new undertakings. If a person worships the seven Siddhas, visits them or remembers them, he is liberated from all the sins and blemishes. The seven Siddhas are: Siddhesvara, Siddhavata, Siddhambika, Siddhavinayaka, Siddheya-Ksetradhipati (see verse 29), Siddhasaras and Siddhakupa .
36-39aThe delighted Rudra granted rare boons to the Suras here: “He who takes his bath in the Siddhakupaka on the eighth day in the dark half of the month of Vaigakha, offers rice-balls at the (root of the) Banyan tree and worships me, attains Siddhis. He who always worships me with the vow of celibacy and control over the senses, will achieve all the eight Siddhis. The eight Siddhis will be conducive to the attainment of what is wished for by him. A man who, with mental concentration and purity, repeats the Mantras and performs Homas and offerings of oblations shall attain the Siddhi wished for.
39b-42aHe who visits Siddhesa with great mental concentration definitely attains Siddhi. Even if there are obstacles, he is not affected by them. The great goddess Siddhambika who is present here is the bestower of Siddhi on the leading Sadhakas (spiritual aspirants) who repeat Mahavidya (‘the great Mantra’). As a result of the repetition of the Mantras, she grants all the Siddhis desired, to the devotees who are steadfast, self-possessed, truthful in their minds and strictly adhering to the vow of celibacy.
42b-46By the favour of Siddhambika, Vighnesvara, Ksetrapati as well as mine, many miracles and wonderful incidents will happen in this place where a great cavity has been made (leading to) Patala by the Sakti of Guha. O Suras, crores of men will attain Sakti here. The Sadhakas will attain the states of Devas, Vidyadharas, Gandharvas, Nagas (Serpents) and Yaksas. They will be immortal. There is a Sthandila (altar, piece of ground) here named Vijaya. Thanks to its power, one will obtain rare Siddhi by propitiating Siddhambika. He who visits me stationed here, he who worships me or he who propagates my cult shall acquire merit.”
47-49Narada said: When these boons were granted by the Three-eyed Lord, the excellent Suras became excessively delighted. They sang this lyric: “All of us, O Devas, have been gratified by him (i.e. the devotee) through Yajnas, repetition of holy names, hymns and austerities, by the man who worships the Siddhi Linga ‘He will acquire all desired benefits.’ So quoth Sankara.”
50-52After saying this, the Devas who had become victorious in the company of Skanda, who had caused beautiful palaces of big pearls to be made, granted the facility of obtaining the fourfold aim in life (i.e. Virtue, Wealth, Love and Salvation) to the holy shrine, went away. Some of them praised Skanda; others the holy spot; others Hari. Some of them praised the five Lingas and some the battle. Thus they went to heaven. Then in the firmament (itself) Hara embraced Mahasena and spoke:
53-54“Dear Son, they stay permanently in the seventh layer of winds . Whenever there is anything to be done, O Son, I should be always consulted. By visiting me and through devotion unto me, you will attain the greatest welfare. I shall stay in Stambhatirtha. I will never forsake it.”
55After saying this, Mahesvara embraced him and bade him farewell. He bade farewell to the others too, the chiefs of whom were Brahma and Vishnu. He was hailed and applauded by them with devotion.
56The Suras who had been sent off went to their respective abodes. Sarva went to Kailasa and Guha to the seventh Skandha (layer) (of winds).
57-60aThus, the origin of the five Lingas has been recounted, O Son of Pritha. A man of great intellect who reads the story connected with Skanda or he who listens to it or proclaims it to others, shall become famous, long-lived, lovely, pretty, glorious, brilliant and splendid to look at. He shall be free from fear of all living beings and devoid of miseries of all kinds. A man who remains pure and listens to the story of Skanda in the presence of Kumaresvara shall become a great owner of wealth.
60b-62This (story) dispels all diseases of children afflicted with ailments as well as those persons who resort to the palace gates. It is conducive to wealth to a great extent. After death the man shall attain Sayujya (i.e. perfect identity) with the Six-faced Lord. The Devas granted this boon to Skanda(?) and went to heaven.