The Marriage of Hara and Gauri Celebrated ||26||

1Narada said: Brahma then saluted Mahadeva. With palms joined in reverence, he said to Mahesvara, “O Lord, let the marriage be celebrated.”
2-4On hearing his words, Lord Hara said thus: “O Brahma, we are dependent upon you and Himadri. Whatever is proper and relevant may be done. We are under your control now.” Thereupon, for the sake of the marriage of Mahesa, Brahma instantaneously himself created a divine city, splendidly set with gems and jewels. It extended to a hundred Yojanas and it was rendered beautiful with hundreds of mansions.
5-8Mahadeva himself stayed in that city. The Lord thought of the Seven Sages. When they arrived, he sent them to offer the letter of confirmation regarding Ambika. Accompanied by Arundhati, they went to Himacala and delighted him and his wife by mentioning the good qualities of the Lord. They gave him the letter of confirmation. They were duly honoured and entertained by him. They returned from the Mountain and intimated everything to the Three-eyed Lord. He congratulated them. Thereafter, the Lord invited the entire universe for the marriage.
9-12Excepting Daityas of wicked nature, all of them came, the entire universe consisting of the mobile and immobile beings. The universe with Vishnu as the leader and including Brahma, proclaimed the greatness of the enemy of the Puras. Brahma said to him stationed in front on the Gandhamadana , “O Deva, it is time for the marriage ceremony.” Thereafter, the grandfather, with his eyes distended on account of excessive love, tied the Crescent Moon to his matted locks of hair . With great delight, Vishnu himself made his matted hair splendid.
13-19Camunda, tied to his head a large garland of skulls and said to Girisa, “Beget a son, O Sankara, who will kill the family of the leading Daitya and offer libations unto me with blood.” The Sun himself with great delight fixed a red jewel with blazing fiery sparks and illuminating the three worlds with its refulgence, to the tuft of the Lord of Devas. The chief (Serpents) Sesha, Vasuki etc., the splendid ones, sparkling with their splendour, offered themselves to Isvara in the place of ornaments. With different kinds of jewel-fittings, the Vayus (i.e. Wind-gods) decorated the bull that had sharp pointed horns and also the lustre of the Himalaya mountain. Sakra held the elephant’s hide himself and stood in front. Pretanatha saluted and offered a garland of human bones without ash of silver lustre on the skull. Vahni (i.e. Fire-god) gave a refulgent divine hide of deer. The Lord who was adorned thus by all the attendants shone well.
20Then the officials of Himadri spoke these words to Viraka, “Let there not be delay. Let Bhava be informed of this.”
21With his hands joined together in reverence, Viraka bowed down to the Lord and said: “These officials of Himadri want Mahesana to hurry up.”
22On hearing these words, the Lord said, “Yes, soon.” The Seven Oceans showed him the mirror.
23There, the great Lord saw his own form identical with the universe. Then, with palms joined in reverence, the intelligent Kesava spoke to Sthanu (i.e. Siva):
24-26“O Mahadeva, Lord of Devas, O Sankara, slayer of Tripura, you shine with this form that delights the universe, O Mahesvara, like another Mahesvara (‘Lord of festivals’).” Then the smiling Mahadeva was hailed saying, “Be victorious in all the worlds”. Taking hold of Vishnu’s hand, he slowly mounted the Bull. Thereafter, Vasus and Devas handed him the trident.
27Dhanada accompanied by all the treasures stood nearby. Then Hara, the immanent soul of the universe, moved ahead with the trident in his hand.
28-29With the sounds of the divine Dundubhi drums, showers of flowers, music, the dances of the celestial damsels and others, and the Loud shouts of “Victory”, the Lord went ahead. Brahma and Vishnu of great lustre rode on the Swan and Garuda and went ahead keeping to the left and right sides of the Lord.
30-37aThe following persons then went behind the Lord: Aditi, Diti, Danu, Kadru, Suparnaja, Paulomi, Surasa, Simhika, Surabhi, Muni, Siddhi, Maya, Kshama, the goddess, Durga, Svaha, Svadha, Sudha, Savitri, Gayatri, Laksmi, Dakshipa, Dyuti, Sprha, Mati, Dhrti, Buddhi, Manthi(?), Riddhi, Sarasvati, Raka, Kuhu, Sinivali, Devi Bhanumati, Dharani, Dharapi, Vela, the queen Rohini etc. The mothers and wives of other Devas went to the marriage of the Lord of Devas. All of them rejoiced. Serpents, Garudas, Yakshas, Gandharvas, Kinnaras, Naras (human beings), Oceans, Mountains, Cloud, Months, Years, the Vedas, Mantras, Yajnas, all the Vedic Dharmas, Humkaras, Prariavas, the thousands of Itihasas, crores of the Devas beginning with Mahendra and their vehicles too followed Mahadeva. There were crores and thousand billions of these.
37bInnumerable lords of Gapas came there. Billions and trillions of Gapas followed behind (the Lord). Gapas having the colour of conch-shell were crores in number.
38-39Ganas called Kekaras numbered ten crore; Vidyuts eight crore; Visakhas sixty-four crore; Pariyatrikas nine crore; glorious Sarvantaka and Vikrtanana went with six crores; Jvalakesha went surrounded by twelve crores.
40The glorious Samada with seven crores; Dundubha with eight crores; Kapalisa with five crores; the splendid Samhladaka with six crores.
41Kundaka and Kumbhaka each with a crore. Vishtambha, the chief of the Ganas, the most excellent of all, went with eight crores.
42Pippala with a thousand; the powerful Sannada too like that; Avesana with eight; Candratapana with seven crores.
43Mahakesa with a thousand; Nandi with twelve crores; Naga, Kala, Karala and Mahakala (each) with a hundred.
44Agnika with a hundred crores. Agnimukha with a crore. Adityamurdha and Dhanavaha each with a crore.
45Sannaga with a hundred; Kumuda with three crores. Amogha, Kokila and Sumantraka each with a crore.
46Kakapada with six crores; the Gana called Santanaka with six crores; Mahabala, Madhupihga and Pingala (each) with nine crores.
47Nila with ninety; Caturvaktra and Purvapat each with seventy; Virabhadra, Karana and Balaka each with sixty-four.
48Pancaksha, Satamanyu and Meghamanyu each with twenty crores; Kashthakoti, Sukesha and Vrishabha each with sixty-four.
49-50Visvarupa, Talaketu and Sitanana each with fifty; Hana, Vrddhadeva, Diptatma, Mjtyuha, Visada, Yamaha and Bhrngiriti, Asani and Hasaka as well as Sahasrapat each with sixty-four.
51These and other leaders of the Gapas followed. They were innumerable and all of them were very powerful. All of them had a thousand hands. They wore matted locks of hair and crowns.
52They had the crescent moon for an ornament. They were blue-throated and three-eyed. They were adorned with necklaces, ear-rings, armlets, crowns and other ornaments.
53They were endowed with Anima and other qualities (Siddhis). They were competent to curse as well as to bless. Leading chiefs of Ganas resembling crores of Suns came there.
54-55The Ganas stationed in the nether worlds, sky and the earth (came there); the residents of all the worlds too came there. Turhburu, Narada, Haha, Huhti and the Samagas took up stringed instruments and played on them in the festival of Sankara. All the sages and ascetics sang Vedic songs of great sacred nature.
56-57They were delighted in their minds and repeated the sacred Mantras pertaining to marriage rites. Thus started Girisha. He was fanned by Ganga and Yamuna, while the Lord of the Waters held the umbrella. He was cheered and humoured by the different groups of women showering fried grains and holding various kinds of talks.
58-59With great festivity, the Lord of Devas entered the abode of the Mountain, where golden domes shone. It was fitted with hundreds of arched gateways; there all the floors had been paved with lapislazuli. It had a number of houses built of gems and jewels. While entering he was being eulogized.
60hen Himacala was seen there extremely excited. When Mahadeva approached he began giving orders to his servants.
61Then the Mountain requested Brahma to accept the office of the preceptor. The intelligent (Mountain) entrusted Vasudeva (Vishnu) with the entire burden of all the duties.
62-63He said to him, “In this marriage, O Vishnu, how can the rites of Lajahoma (‘offerings of the fried grain’) etc. take place, without the brother of the bride? Indeed my son Mainaka is inside the sea.” Vishnu of great intellect spoke to him as he was in a predicament due to worry:
64“In this matter, O Lord of Mountains, you need not worry at all. I am the brother of the mother of the universe. It is so and not otherwise.”
65Then the Mountain was delighted. He brought the well-adorned Parvati to the assembly-hall surrounded by crores of friends.
66-67Surrounded by his attendants, Sarva entered the marriage Pandal, the columns of which were made of sapphire, the shining ground of which had been paved with gold. It had been beautified with clusters of pearls and was illuminated with blazing medicinal herbs; it contained thousands of gem-set seats and was extended to a hundred Yojanas.
68Then, the Mountain accompanied by his wife, became delighted while washing the feet of Bhava. He sprinkled the water on himself and on all the people (present there).
69After giving Pddya, Acamana, Madhuparka and a cow (as gift) the Brahmanas began to ponder upon the procedure of Pradana (‘giving the daughter in marriage’).
70“I am giving you my daughter, the granddaughter of Kavyavahas (Pitris).” After saying this the Mountain stood (silent). He did not know the particulars of Hara.
71-73Then he asked everyone about the family (of Siva). No one knew that. Then Vishnu said this: “Why are the others being asked? He is of unknown family and parentage. Let him alone be asked. It is only the serpent that knows the feet of serpents, O Himacala. If he does not mention his Gotra (‘Lineage’), my sister should not be given.” Thereat all of them laughed loudly.
74-75Within a moment all the laughter subsided. Everyone awaited what Hara would say. Then Hara pondered in various ways. He appeared to be a bit afraid—‘they may not give Parvati in marriage if I (Siva) do not tell them my Gotra.’ He remained dumb, speechless due to bashfulness. O son of Pritha, he smiled. Then the leading persons said, “Be quick. The time is up.”
76Hari spoke to Maheshana who was afraid, “I shall name your grandfather and father.” “Listen, O mountain, to the procedure.”
77“O Sambhu, to you the son of Atman, to the grandson of Atman”. When this was said by Vishnu, all of them said, “Well-done! Well-done!”
78-79The Lord too exhibited an intelligence more excellent than that of all others. Then the Mountain mentioned it and gave the goddess along with the formal libation of water. He dedicated himself to the Lord. The Mountain offered himself with water to the Lord. Then all of them were surprised. They praised the marriage rite.
80The giver is the Lord of all Mountains. The presiding priest is the Four-faced Lord. The bridegroom is Pasupati himself and the bride is the Mother of the universe.
81When the sages eulogized, when the great shower of flowers was being scattered and while the celestial musical instruments were being played, the Three-eyed Lord (formally) grasped the hand (of the goddess).
82On glancing at the bashful goddess, the daughter of the Himalaya Mountain, the Lord was not satiated. Nor did she delight the Bull-bannered Lord to satiation.
83The sages beginning with Brahma gazed at the goddess of wonderful form and mentally sought refuge in Paramesvara (Siva).
84“Let us not lose sense over Parvati, like Narada and Parvata (over Srimati).” Thereupon, he carried out the desire of everyone.
85Then, Paramesvara was eulogized by the Devas and sages. He entered the auspicious altar containing the Fire-god in an embodied form.
86-89By means of the Mantras prescribed in the Vedas, who were bodily present (there), he performed the Homa in the Agni of an embodied form. Hara circumambulated the fire three times and performed Laja Homa (i.e. offering of the fried grains in the fire). Hari, the brother of Uma, smilingly said to him, “O Isvara, many people have gathered. The pressure of the crowd of people is great. O Hara, all the ornaments should be guarded well with careful attention by you.” Then Hara said to him, “Do not over-guard it even from your own people. Request for something. I shall give you.” Then Vishnu said, “It is good. Let my devotion to you be firm.” He granted that rare (boon).
90Then both of them, Hara and Janardana, who were pleased, gave as Dakshina to Brahma the protection of the creation; to Agni they gave shares in the Yajnas.
91-94To Bhrigu and others, he gave as Dakshina, the protection of the Vedas. Then there was a wonderfully pleasant time with songs, dances and feastings as they pleased and many kinds of festivities. After giving them gifts as they desired, he bade farewell to the whole world. Bhava then consoled the parents of the goddess who had been miserable. He consoled them with sweet words. He took leave of Himacala, Brahma and Keshava and went to Mandara mountain. He was duly worshipped along with his followers by the Mountain.
95-96When Lord Nilalohita had gone along with Uma to his pure mountain, the Mountain Himavan began to cry. Who is that father of a girl whose mind is not agitated and excited? The man who listens to, and studies this (description of the) marriage of the daughter of the King of Mountains with great purity, especially in the course of a marriage festival, attains auspiciousness and perpetual prosperity.