Greatness of Tripurusasala and the Glory of Narada’s Lake ||53||
1Narada said: I shall describe another thing, the excellent greatness of the Said (‘chamber’). When the holy spot was established by me formerly, I was told (thus) by the leading Brahmanas.
2“O (sage) of holy rites, make some arrangement for the protection of the holy spot.’’ Thereupon I promised thus: “I shall accord protection to the holy spot.’’
3-6Afterwards Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesvara were propitiated by me with concentration of mind. All the three excellent gods were delighted thereby. They came to me and said, “O Narada, let a boon be chosen.” After worshipping them I said, “Let the holy spot be protected. This boon alone should be granted to me by the well-propitiated Devas, so that the holy spot is neither damaged nor ruined and my fame is spread.” Then this was promised by the Lords of the Devas: “O sage, let it be so. We shall accord protection to your Brahmanas through our parts (amsa).”
7After saying this, their (respective) digits were released, bestowed by the three gods themselves. Thereafter all the (three) excellent Suras vanished.
8-13Then along with the Brahmanas, the three Lords of the there worlds (viz. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesvara) were severally installed in front of the chamber as the defenders of the holy spot. Whenever Brahmanas are harassed by anyone (the procedure is as follows). In the forenoon the Rgveda Mantras are recited, in the midday the Yajur Mantras and in the third Yama (i.e. afternoon) the Saman Mantras are recited in loud tone. Then the infuriated Brahmanas will pronounce the curses on them. Whoever it be shall be reduced to ash within seven days, in the course of a year or within three years. The Mantra for the course is as follows: “If the protection of the holy spot has been promised by you all in front of Narada, may our enemy be reduced to ash instantaneously by the truthfulness of that vow.” It is certain that (the trouble-maker) becomes reduced to ash on account of this Mantra. He who visits the chamber of three Purusas (i.e. Deities) everyday, worships them and makes them pleased, is honoured in the heavenly world.
14-17aNarada said: I shall describe another thing, O son of Pritha. The greatness of my lake is vast, unparalleled and very difficult to be obtained by Devas. Formerly this lake was dug by me by means of a blade of Darbha grass. The clay was taken out by means of a copper vessel. The excellent waters were brought from all the Tirthas and poured into that lake. Thereby the lake was filled up.
17b-21At the advent of the month of Asvina, on any Sunday, if a man performs Sraddha with (mental and physical) purity after taking his holy bath there (in the Narada Lake) and giving charitable gifts in particular, his Manes become contented until all the living beings are annihilated (i.e. to the end of the world). This is well-known as Naradiya Saras (‘Lake belonging to Narada’) throughout the earth. It is attained even by Devas only by means of great deal of merit. Whatever is given as charitable gifts here, the Homa offerings made in the fire—all these should be known as everlasting on account of the regular practice of Japas and fasts. One who takes his bath in the excellent lake of Narada and faithfully worships Naradesvara is liberated from all sins.
22It was in this Tirtha, O son of Pritha, that penance was performed formerly by all the Serpents for the sake of redemption from the curse of Kadru as well as with a desire for their own welfare.
23-25Thereupon they attained great Siddhi on account of the efficacy of this holy Tirtha. Thereafter, all the delighted Serpents installed the powerful Linga (named) Nagesvara on the northern side of (the lake of) Narada. Infinite is the merit of those persons who take their bath in the excellent lake of Narada and worship Hara named Nagesvara with great devotion. They need not be afraid of serpents in accordance with the utterance (promise) of the serpents.
26-29aNarada said: There is a goddess here, O son of Pandu, named Aparadvaraka. She is (the goddess) with her abode always fixed at the entrance to the Cosmic Egg. She is guarded by twenty-four crores of goddesses. After performing a penance of long duration, she was propitiated and brought here by me from that place. The great goddess was installed at the western entrance. Dvaravasini had been installed at the eastern entrance to the city.
29b-31On the ninth day in the dark half of the month of Caitra, a man should take his bath in the Kunda and worship that goddess by means of oblations, Bakula flowers (Mimusops Elengi), food offerings, scents, incense etc. His sin committed in the course of seven births perishes instantaneously. Whatever the man desires, he will acquire.
32-33A barren woman obtains a son merely through a holy dip there on the ninth day in the month of Caitra and by worship with flowers, incense and Arghya. The goddess destroys all obstacles and grants all Siddhis to the devotes instantaneously. This is undoubtedly true.
34-35The man shall worship Uttaradvaraka too in accordance with the injunctions in this manner. That excellent man also will get this same benefit. By worshipping goddess Dvaravasini who is installed at the eastern entrance, one shall obtain the desired benefit.
36-38At the advent of the month of Alvina, particularly during Navaratra (i.e. the first nine days), the devotee should observe fast on all the nine nights and take bath in the Kunda with purity. He should worship the deity with devotion with flowers, incense and food offerings as well as libations. A sonless person will get sons; a poor man will get wealth. O son of Pritha, a barren woman gives birth (to children). There is no doubt about this.