The Practice of Mahavidya ||62||
1Saunaka enquired: O Suta, formerly the origin of Ganapa has been heard by us. How was Ksetranatha born? Describe this to us who listen.
2Suta replied: When the heaven-dwellers were harassed by the Daitya Daruka, they bowed down to Siva who was seated along with the goddess and said thus:
3-5“O Lord, we are harassed by the Daitya Daruka, who cannot be subdued by Suras and Asuras and who is extremely terrifying. We have been dislodged from our abodes. Excepting Ardhanarisvara (Lord of half-man-half-woman form) no one else can kill that vicious one, neither Vishnu nor the Moon nor anyone else. Be a refuge unto us who are being troubled by him.” After saying this Devas said, “Save us, save us” and lamented.
6Thereupon, Hara became highly sympathetic and merciful. Parvati took the black colour from his throat and created a fearful woman.
7-8aShe released her Sakti and transferred it to her. The splendid goddess then spoke these words: “Since you are very black your name will be Kalika. O splendid lady, slay that wicked-minded enemy of Devas quickly.”
8b-12On being told thus, Kalika of loud roar, went up to him (Daruka) and made him dead through her roar alone. His heart was split and he died along with his followers. Then stationed in the cremation ground of Avanti, she roared loudly many times. Thereby the three worlds became maimed and mutilated as though dead. Thereupon, Rudra assumed the form of a child for the sake of the universe. The Lord came near her in the cremation ground, crying. Kalika who became merciful, kept the crying child on her lap and suckled it at her breasts saying, “Do not cry.” Under the pretext of sucking her milk the boy drank up the anger arising from her body.
13That anger had been very unbearable due to the poison coming out of the throat of Hara. After the furious nature had been sucked (by the child), Kalika became gentle.
14-15Having accomplished his mission, the child desired to abandon that form of a child. Thereupon, Devas became afraid of danger once again from Kalika. They said, “O boy, do not abandon the child state. Have mercy.”
16-20The child said: You need not be afraid of Kalika because the goddess has been made gentle. If you are afraid, I shall create other boys, viz. the sixty-four Kshetrapalas (‘Defenders of the holy place’). After saying this he created them from his mouth. Mahesvara in the form of a boy spoke to those beings in the form of boys: “Twenty-five of you will stay in the heavenly worlds; the same number in the nether worlds and fourteen in the terrestrial world. You shall protect these regions. This person (i.e. I) shall be stationed in the cremation ground. The vehicle shall be a dog. The food offerings for you shall be the mixture of Rajamasa (i.e. a kind of pulse) and rice. If any man performs any holy rite without first worshipping you, that rite of his shall be fruitless. It will be enjoyed by ghosts and demons.” After saying this, Lord Rudra vanished there itself.
21The Ksetrapalas stationed themselves in their respective places as appointed. In this manner, the creation of Ksetrapalas has been recounted succinctly.
22-24I shall tell the procedure of propitiation whereby they (the Ksetrapalas) become pleased. “Om Ksaim obeisance to Ksetrapala.” This is the nine-syllabled great Mantra . A devotee should offer sandal-paste etc. with this Mantra, the mixture of rice and Rajamasa should be divided into sixty- four parts and offered along with Vatakas (pies) of the same number; sixty-four lamps, betel leaves and areca nuts should be offered. The devotee then bows down straight like a rod and repeats the following great hymn:
25“Om (the Ksetrapalas) have hair raised above, deformed eyes, red and tawny in colour. They have terrible forms. I bow down to Ksetrapalas.
26-29aI bow to these Ksetrapalas of heaven: Ahvara, Apakurhbha, Idacara, Indramurti, Kolaksa, Upapada, Rtumsana, Siddheya, Valika, Nilapat, Ekadamshtrika, Irapati, Aghahari, Vighnahari, Antaka, Ordhvapada, Kambala, Khanjana, Khara, Gomukha, Jahghala, Gananatha, Varapa, Jatala and Ajatala.
29b-32Rkara, Hathakari, Tankapashi, Khapi, Thanthahkapa, Jambara, Sphulingasya, Tadidruci, Dantura, Ghananada, Nandaka, Phetkarakari, Pancasya, Barbari, Bhimarupavan, Bhagnapaksha, Kalamegha, Yuvana, Bhaskara, Raurava, Lamboshtha, Vanija, Sujatalika, Sugandha and Huhuka. I bow down to these defenders of Patala.
33-36Humkara in all the Lingas; Bhayavaha in the cremation grounds; Mahalaksa in the terrible forest. Jvalaksa is stationed in the abode(s); Ekavrksha on the trees; Karalavadana in the night; Ghaptarava resides in caves; Padmakhanja stays in water; Durarodha in the places where four rdads meet; Kuravaon mountains; Ksetrapala called Pravaha in streams; Mapibhadra in treasuries; Rasadhyaksha in Rasaksetra (juicy field) and Kotana in sacrificial chambers. These fourteen have pervaded the earth. (I bow down to them) the above named thus.
37Thus I seek refuge in the Kshetrapas numbering sixty- four. Let them be pleased. Let them be pleased. Let them be satisfied with my worship.”
38If a pure and clean person worships the Ksetrapas thus during all the holy rites, the Ksetrapas become pleased with him and grant him what is desired.
39Knowing this procedure in the liturgy regarding Ksetrapas, Vijaya duly worshipped Siddheya in the manner mentioned and eulogized him.
40-41After bowing down to the goddess, he worshipped Vatayaksini (i.e. the deity on the banyan tree). Formerly, when Brahmanas were brought from Kalapa village by Narada, a Brahmana widow named Sunanda had also come along with them in order to perform penance on the banks of the river Mahi.
42She performed the holy rites (expiations) of Paraka , Kricchra and Atikricchra . In the months of Jyeshtha and Bhadrapada she performed Triratrika (i.e. a vow observed for three nights) rites of Savitri twice.
43That delighter of her family observed fast during the whole of the month of Karttika. After performing the worship of seven Lingas, she always worshipped the goddess.
44-45She took her holy bath in Mahi-sagara-sangama during New-Moon days. By means of the different observances like these she shook off all her sins and went to the world of Uma where she was welcomed. With a part she was born as Vatayaksini on its banks.
46-48Hara stationed in the Siddhalinga became pleased with her and granted her this boon: “If anyone performs my worship without worshipping her, that worship of his will be wholly fruitless. This has been said by me and it should be sustained by me.” Hence one should always worship Vatayaksini stationed on the banyan tree with flowers, incense and food offerings, repeating this Mantra with devotion: “O Sunanda, O Vatayakshini, you are worthy of being propitiated. Accept this worship of mine. Be pleased with me for all times.”
49By worshipping, bowing down and craving the pardon of Vatayakshini, a man or woman always obtains all desired objects.
50Vijaya of great intellect knew this greatness. With great devotion, he worshipped Vatayaksini stationed on the banyan tree.
51Thereafter he eulogized Siddhambika and repeated the great Mantra named Aparajita pertaining to Vij and accompanied by regular practice.
52Merely by remembering this great Vidya, one can destroy all miseries. I shall communicate that Vidya, O leading Brahmanas, Listen.
53The Aparajita Vidya “Om, obeisance to lord Vasudeva. I bow to Ananta having thousand heads, to the Lord lying in the Milk Ocean, to the Lord having the body of £e§a for a couch, to the Lord having Garuda as vehicle, to the yellow-robed one. O Vasudeva, O Sankarsana, O Pradyumna, O Aniruddha, O Hayasiras (‘Horse-headed one’), O Varaha (‘Boar’), O Narasimha (‘Man-lion’), O Vamana (‘Dwarf’), O Trivikrama (‘one who took three steps’ and covered the universe), O Parasurama, O Rama, O bestower of boons, obeisance to you, salute to you. Kill, kill the Asuras, Daityas, Danavas, Yaksas, Raksasas, Bhutas, ghosts, vampires, Kumbhandas, Siddhayoginis, Dakinis, evil spirits beginning with Skanda , evil stars and planets and others; burn, burn (these); cook, cook; crush, crush; destroy, destroy these; rout; put them to flight with your conch, discus, thunderbolt, iron club, mace and plough; reduce them to ash; obeisance to the thousand-armed one; O thousand-footed one, O thousand-weaponed one, be victorious, be victorious; defeat, defeat; O undefeated one, O unobstructed one, O thousand-eyed one, blaze, blaze; burn brightly, burn brightly; O Cosmic-formed one, O multi-formed one, O slayer of Madhu, O great Boar, O great Purusa, O Vaikuntha, O Narayana, O Padmanabha, O Govinda, O Damodara, O Hrsikesa, O destroyer of all Asuras, O controller of all, O dispeller of all miseries, O breaker of all Yantras, O destroyer of all serpents, O great Lord of all Devas, O Lord who releases one from all bondages, O destroyer of all enemies, O destroyer of all fevers, O preventer of all evil spirits, O subduer of all sins, O Janardana, O delighter of people, obeisance to you. Svaha.”
54If a person repeats, recites, listens, remembers, retains or glorifies this Apardjita, the great Vidya pertaining to the Great Vishnu, he need not be afraid of violent winds, fires, thunderbolts, hail-storms, thunder showers, (dangers from) seas, evil spirits, thieves or beasts of prey.
55If these words and syllables of this Mantra are repeated, memorized, worshipped with full accomplishment, one need not be afraid of the nocturnal darkness, women, royal household, poisons of various kinds, black magic of others to win over, to create hatred, to destroy, to kill or to imprison.
56This is its (procedure): “Repeated obeisance to you, O fearless one, O sinless one, O undefeated one, O undaunted one, O immortal one, O unconquered one, O goddess attained by the repetitions, O goddess attained by the remembering ones, O entire one without parts, O Uma, O Dhruva (‘fixed one’), O Arundhati, O Savitri, O Gayatri, O Jatavedasi, O Manastoka (?), O Sarasi, O Sarasvati, O Dharapi, O Dharipi, O Saudamini, O Aditi, O Vinata, O Gauri, O Gandhari, O Matangi, O Krishna, O Yasoda, O speaker of truth, O expounder of Brahman, O Kali, O Kapalini, O goddess capable of instantly increasing the size of limbs, protect, protect everything on the land, water and atmosphere; protect, protect from the harassments and troubles from all evil spirits. Svaha.”
57-59If a woman’s menstrual discharge is obstructed, if there is abortion, if the children die (early), if a woman conceives only once, she must practise the repetition and retention of this Mantra [or this Mantra written or engraved in metal and tied to her]. She is not assailed by these defects. (If a man holds it) he will always be victorious in battle, in royal household and in the game of dice. If this Mantra is engraved on a weapon used (in battle) he will win the war. It is always destructive of enlargement of the spleen, acute pain and all ailments of eyes. It destroys fevers, headaches etc. of all persons.
60The Mantra’s as follows: “Kill, Kill, kali; move, move, Kali; O Gauri, blow, blow; Gauri, O Vidya, O Ala, Tala, Mala, Gandha, Bandha, cook, cook; O Vidya, destroy sin, kill (the effects of) bad dream; O destroyer of pains, O night, O dusk, O sound of drum, O goddess of mental velocity, O goddess with conch, discus, thunderbolt and spear, O destroyer of premature death, O goddess of the universe, O Dravida O Dravidi, O beloved of Kesava, O goddess honoured by Siva, O suppressor of the irrepressible, O Sarvari (night), O Kirati, O Matangi, Om Hram Hram Hram Hram, Kram Kram Kram Kram, Tvara, Tvara (hasten); suppress, suppress all those who hate me directly or indirectly; press, press; scorch, scorch; fell, fell; dry up, dry up; uproot, uproot those who hate me directly, indirectly; O Brahmani, O Mahesvari, O Varahi, O Vinayaki, O Aindri, O Agneyi, O Camupsha, O Varuni, O goddess with fierce lustre, O sister of Indra and Upendra, O Vijaya, O goddess increasing peace, welfare, and nourishment, O goad of Kama, O milker of what is desired, O bestower of all desired objects as boon, O goddess staying in all living beings, make, make the remedial Vidya of retaliation; O goddess who attracts, O goddess who enters, O goddess with garlands of flames, O Ramadi (‘one who gives pleasure’), O Ramadi (‘one who causes one to give pleasure’), O Dharapi, O Dharidi, O Manonmanini (‘increasing honour’), protect, protect. O Vayavya (‘goddess pertaining to the wind’), O goddess with garlands of flames, O scorcher, O drier, O one with blue banner, O Mahagauri, O Mahasraya (‘great support’), Mahamayuri (‘great peahen’), O ray of the sun, O Jahnavi (‘Ganga’), Obeli of Yama tinkling Kini Kini (?), O Cintamapi (philosopher’s stone), O Surabhi (divine cow), Surotpanna (‘born of Suras’), O Kamadugha (‘yielding whatever is desired’), let my task be achieved as desired. Svaha, Om Svaha, Om Bhuhi Svaha, Om Bhuvah Svaha, Om Svah Svaha, Om Bhur-Bhuvah-Svah Svaha. Let the sin go back whence it came, Svaha, O Bala (‘strength’), Mahabala (‘having great strength’), O achiever of what is not achieved. Svaha.”
61Thus Vijaya restrained himself and accomplished this Aparajita Vidya pertaining to Vishnu by means of the mind, intellect and concentration.
62If a man merely reads this even without regular practice. O leading Brahmana, all his obstacles perish.