Brahmeshvara, Mokshesvara and Garbheshvara ||56||
1Narada said: Henceforth I shall recount (the glory of) the excellent Brahmesha Linga, merely by remembering which one shall obtain the benefit of Vajapeya sacrifice.
2Once, in the days of yore, O son of Pritha, a very severe penance was performed by Brahma who was desirous of creating (the universe). He performed the penance for a thousand and five hundred years.
3Sankara, the Lord of Parvati, was completely satisfied by that penance. He granted to the maker of the worlds the boon that he had desired.
4The grandfather (i.e. Brahma) who was contented in having fulfilled his mission, became delighted and joyous. After knowing the greatness of the holy spot, he himself made a Linga.
5He dug a meritorious lake named Brahmasaras. It was located to the east of Mahinagara. It was very splendid and destructive of great sins.
6The Lord installed the great Linga on its bank. It is said that Lord Sankara himself is present there.
7The holy spot named Brahmesha is superior to Puskara, O Phalguna. One should take his holy bath there and offer rice-balls (to Pitris) devoutly.
8He should offer charitable gifts in accordance with his capacity, especially in the month of Karttika. He should devoutly worship Lord Brahmesha with a delighted heart.
9-10His Pitris become satisfied till the annihilation of all living beings. By plunging into this holy Tlrtha, the devotee obtains that benefit which is obtained in the holy Tirthas including Ganga by men, as well as the merit obtained in Puskara and Kurukshetra during solar eclipse.
11-12Listen to the extremely wonderful greatness of Moksha-Linga, O son of Pritha. For the sake of the welfare of the holy region, I propitiated Maheshvara and installed the excellent Linga of Hara named Mokshesvara. Thereafter, O son of Pritha, T dug up a well by means of the tip of a blade of Darbha grass.
13After propitiating Brahma, Parameshthin, the maker of the worlds, Sarasvati was brought from the Kamandalu (‘water pot’) of Brahma.
14-15For the liberation of the ghosts of people, a man should take bath in the well of Mokshanatha on the fourteenth day of the bright half of the month of Karttika and (after bath) offer therein balls of gingelly seeds intended for the ghosts of the dead persons. It will certainly result in (the attainment of) the fruit of (visiting) the Moksa Tirtha (i.e. liberation from ghost hood).
16There will never be a ghost in his family, O son of Pritha. There is no doubt about it. By the power of this holy spot all the ghosts obtain liberation.
17After scrupulously taking his holy ablution in the excellent well of Jayaditya and bowing down to Garbhesvara no devotee has to enter into wombs (i.e. has to be reborn).
18Thus, O son of Pritha, the greatness of the Guptakshetra has been succinctly recounted to you by me. He who listens to this wholly shall become pure. What shall I tell you further?