The Description of Somandtha ||48||
1Narada said: Henceforth, I shall relate comprehensively and clearly the greatness of Somanatha. He who listens to what I recount, shall be rid of sins.
2Formerly, in Treta Yuga, there were two exceedingly brilliant Brahmanas (named) Urjayanta and Praleya, hailing from Cauda Desha , O son of Pritha.
3-5Once they came across a meaningful stanza in a Purana. On seeing it, those two who were conversant with all schools of philosophy and scriptural texts, were thrilled. “The Lotus-born (Lord) recounted the Tirthas beginning with Prabhasa to Pulastya. What pilgrimage they have resorted to (i.e. their undertaking the pilgrimage is fruitless) if they have not taken their holy bath in Prabhasa! ” On reading this verse (they repeated it frequently), those two excellent Brahmanas started immediately to take their bath in Prabhasa.
6After crossing and passing through rivers and forests gradually (in due order) they crossed the auspicious river Narmada crowded with multitudes of great sages.
7They (heard of) the greatness of the Guptakshetra (the secret shrine) at Mahi-Sagara-Sangama. After taking their bath there, they started for Prabhasa through that (region).
8As the path was desolate they were exceedingly afflicted with hunger and thirst. Those two Brahmanas became unconscious near Siddhalinga.
9-10They boldly started after bowing down to Siddhanatha. They were scorched by the midday sun. They were tormented with excessive hunger and thirst. Their legs became stiff like pillars- Suddenly they fell senseless on the ground. After a short while, Praleya spoke to Orjayanta.
11-14He spoke with confidence and courage: “Dear friend, was this not heard by you? As a person becomes pale (and weak) in limbs due to pilgrimage, so Hara, the Lord of Soma, becomes more distressed (and well-disposed) on account of charitable gifts (in the form of physical suffering by pilgrims).” When this was said and heard, they began to limp. Praleya walked a short while lamely. Suddenly a Linga very difficult to be seen (due to its brilliance) split the ground and came up. An ethereal voice rose with a shower of flowers preceding the same, “O Praleya, it is for your sake that this Linga has come up on the seashore. It yields the same benefit as Somanatha. O (Brahmana) of holy rites, stay here.”
15-16aPraleya said: If it be like this, if this be true, I have resolved in my mind that before death 1 must go to Prabhasa. This is definite.
16b-19aThereupon, Orjayanta too regaining consciousness came a-limping and saw the Linga that had emerged. He too took up the same stand. Thereafter Bhava who manifested himself, made their bodies strong and sturdy by means of his sight. Thereafter, they went to Prabhasa and to the abode of Siva. Thus, there happened to be two Somanathas near Siddhesvara. Orjayanta in the west and the other one Praleyesvara.
19b-21If anyone takes his holy bath slowly in the waters of Somakunda and in the waters of the ocean and Mahi and then visits both the Somanathas, he is rid of the sins of the entire life. Brahma installed here in Mahinagaraka, a Linga named Hatakesvara far more beautiful than (the deity in) Patala. With great purity (in mind and body), he eulogized the Lord. Listen to it, O son of Pandu.
22-25Obeisance to you, O Lord Rudra, O Bhaskara (Refulgent one), to the (Lord) of unmeasured refulgence. Salute to Bhava, to Rudra, to Rasa (Juice, Essence), to you identical with water, to Sarva in the form of the Earth. Obeisance to the Lord perpetually full of scents ; to Isa. Repeated obeisance to you, Vayu of good touch. Hail to the Lord of Pasus (individual souls), to Pavaka (fire, the sanctifying one) of extreme splendour; to the terrible one; to the Lord in the form of Vyoman (firmament). Obeisance to you, solely of the form of sound. Bow to you, the great Lord, to Soma; obeisance to you, the immortal deathless one; to Ugra (fierce one); to the worshipping one; obeisance to you, the Karmayogin.
26-29Thus, the hymn was uttered in the form of the divine names. A man who, with purity, recites or listens to this prayer composed by Brahma unto Hatakesvara Linga daily attains merger with Ashtamurti (i.e. Siva). There is no doubt about it. He who remembers with purity the Linga of Hatakesvara shall be granted all boons by Brahma by whom this was installed. O Jaya, thus there are many holy Tirthas of this sort in the meeting place of Mahi and the ocean. They have been succinctly described by me.