The marriage rituals ||25||

1Lomasa said: All of them well-received and welcomed by Himadri sat (stayed) there along with their retinues and vehicles. Those Devas were highly delighted.
2There itself (a mansion) of great dimensions was built by Visvakarman for the residence of the Self-born Lord (i.e. Brahma). It was endowed with excessive refulgence.
3Similarly another abode that shone well, was very charming and of variegated features (and equipments) was made by Tvastri It was reserved for Vishnu. He himself built a very beautiful Candigrha (a common parlour?)
4Similarly he built a huge white mansion of great lustre, well-adored by the excellent Devas. It was made resplendent with the great lustre of Kailasalakshmi (the presiding deity of fortune of Kailasa).
5It was there that Sambhu was accommodated by Hunadri making it well-furnished through his ample resources.
6-7In the meantime, Mena came there along with groups of friends and attendants and surrounded by sages in order to perform the Nirajana rite (ceremonious waving of lights) to Sambhu. The entire space of the three worlds was filled with the sound of musical instruments. Nirajana rite was performed for that ascetic (i.e. Siva).
8The great chaste lady Mena looked at the bridegroom and knew (his special characteristics). Recollecting what had been said by Girija, Mena was struck with wonder.
9“I see that the handsome features of Parameshthin Mahesa are far more (beautiful) than what had been formerly said by Parvati in my presence. Now the handsomeness of Mahesa which cannot be described, has been seen by me.”
10-13Struck with wonder thus, Mena (went back) surrounded by the wives of Brahmanas. There Parvati was seated, being attended upon by friends and (married Brahmana ladies). The lady of excellent complexion appeared splendid with the pair of cloths that had not yet been washed (i.e. fresh from the loom). Her bodice was very excellent and divine (as) it was rendered splendid by various kinds of gems and jewels. It was liked by the goddess. It shone with the greatest glory. The daughter of the Mountain wore a necklace embellished with divine gems and jewels as well as very valuable bangles of pure gold. Seated there, Parvati was meditating upon Paramesvara.
14In the meantime, Garga spoke these words: “O clever ones. bring Sambhu quickly to our mansion first at this (auspicious) time for the celebration of the marriage.”
15On hearing the words of the noble-souled Garga, all the Mountains stood up along with their wives.
16-19All of them were endowed with very great prosperity and affluence. They were well-adorned and had auspicious things in their hands. Their wives too were well-bedecked in ornaments. Those ladies with lovely glossy eyes were holding many presents and gifts (in their hands). To the accompaniment of the sounds of musical instruments as well as of the chanting of Vedic Mantras they came with their wives to the place where Lord Mahesvara was sitting surrounded by Pramathas and attended upon by Candi. Sankara, the benefactor of all the worlds, was surrounded and accompanied by the great sages and groups of Devas.
20On hearing the loud sound of the musical instruments. all the servants of Sankara suddenly got up along with Devas and sages.
21Similarly, Ganas accompanied by groups of Yoginis, the Jord of Ganas of the same uniform splendour and all the Gauanayakas (i.e. leaders of the groups of goblins) followed keeping Siva at the head.
22The group of Yoginis was very fierce with their shouts resembling the sound of Bherl drums. They had kept at their head the terrible Candi who was adorned with great prosperity and magnificence.
23She wore serpent Karkotaka round the neck. She made a necklace of it. She wore scorpions and venomous reptiles like a Padaka (an ornament of the neck).
24She wore as the ornaments of her ears, hands and feet of the heroes killed in battle. She wore the heads of others as ornaments upon her chest.
25The hide of a tiger she wore (like a cloth). She was accompanied by the circle of Yoginis. She was surrounded by Kshetrapalas and Bhairavas.
26Similarly she was surrounded by ghosts and goblins and Kapatas (spirits in disguise). There were the exceedingly terrible groups, Virabhadra and others, who had been commanded before by Siva to destroy the Yajna of Daksha.
27So also were Kali, Bhairavi, the frightful Maya, Tripura and the auspicious Jaya, the cause of happiness and welfare.
28These and many others of very fierce type were desirous of going, keeping Sadasiva at their head, surrounded by Bhutas and Pretas.
29-32On seeing all these, Janardana, the devotee of Siva (said): Vishnu said: Honour the great sages, the immortal ones as well as Anasuya and Arundhati and keep them at the head (of the procession). O Lord, keep Candi to whom the Guardians of the Quarters bow down, very near you. On hearing the words uttered by Vishnu, Sadasiva, the Lord of the universe, laughingly said thus: “O Candi, be pleased to stay here itself till the marriage is completely celebrated. O splendid lady, you know my feelings and emotions in the matter of what should be done and what should not be done.”
33-36On hearing these words of Sambhu of unmeasured splendour, Candi who had become much infuriated with Vishnu spoke. Similarly, all the other Pramathas said to Vishnu in great anger: “Whenever Siva appears, we too are present there, O Lord. Why were we prevented by you on this occasion of great festivity and happiness?” On hearing those words, Kesava spoke these words directed towards Candi, Pramathas and others of the same type: “You have not been referred to by me. It does not behove you to be angry.”
37On being told thus by him, all the Ganas of whom Candi was the chief one resorted to an isolated place with burning sensations in their hearts at the statement of Vishnu.
38By that time all the ministers of the Lord of Mountains come to Mahesa hurriedly in great flurry with their wives.
39The sounds of five types of musical instrun1ents and the loud sound of the chanting of the Vedic Mantras twere heard). They were accompanied by ladies who were singing (melodiously).
40They came thus to the place where Sambhu was seated) surrounded by everyone. They came with pots ( of water). Sadasiva was bathed. He was adorned with all ornaments by women who were singing auspicious songs.
41The sages, Devas, Gandharvas and others, the excellent Mountains and the women who were well-adored (adorned?) went in front of Sambhu. With a great umbrelJa held over his head (Siva) shone very well.
42-44He was fanned with chowries. He had a crown with which he shone excessively. Brahma, Vishnu, Candra and the Guardians of the Quarters went ahead endowed with great refulgence. They too shone well. Conchs, Bherls, Palahas, Anakas and Gomukhas (varieties of drums) were sounded. Musicians too accompanied the party. There was great auspiciousness (every-where). The Vaditras (musical instruments) were repeatedly played in that great festival.
45-46The blessed Arundhati, Anasuya, Savitri and Lakshmi (were present there) surrounded by the Mitrs (Mother deities). Accompanied by them all, the sole kinsman of the universe shone with great refulgence. He was surrounded by the Moon, the Sun, the Fire-god and the Wind-god along with the excellent Guardians of the Quarters and great sages.
47He was fanned directly by Pavana (Wind-god); the umbrella was held aloft by Sasi (the Moon-god); the Sun stood in front as lamp-bearer. Vishnu accompanied by Sri remained at the side.
48Devas accompanied by the sages showered him with flowers scattering them all round. Sambhu went towards the great mansion, the ground of which had been paved with gold and which appeared splendid with great prosperity. Worshipped by human beings, Devas and Danavas with great service and attendance, Sambhu entered that mansion.
49Sambhu who arrived there thus entered the Yajnamandapa (i.e. the hall erected for the purpose of the holy rite). Paramesvara was eulogized by Devas by means of songs of praise.
50-51The excellent Mountain made Mahesa get down from the elephant. He was made to sit on a raised seat and the great rite of Nirayana was performed by Mena along with her friends and the priest. Everything such as the offering of Madhuparka etc. was performed there itself.
52Urged by Brahma, the priest, the holy Lord performed various preliminary rites connected with the splendid and auspicious ceremony fit for the occasion.
53-55The slender-bodied Parvati was seated on an altar inside the Mandapa. She was adorned with all ornaments. Hara was directly brought there by Vishnu and Brahma. Persons beginning with Vacaspati began to look into the Lagna (auspicious hour). Sage Garga was seated in the Ghatikalaya (i.e. the room where the water device called Ghatika Putra to know the exact time is kept). When the stipulated hour was reached Pranava (was uttered).
56Proclaiming “OM PUNYA” (auspicious) etc., Garga made the bride join her palms in reverence. Thereafter, Parvati took a handful of Aksata (rice grain) and showered it on Siva.
57-59aRudra was worshipped by her with curds, Aksata, Kula grass etc. Parvati of beautiful face was filled with great joy on joking at Sambhu for whose sake a great penance, very difficult for others to perform, had been performed by the great goddess. The life-giver of all living beings in the universe had been attained on account of that penance.
59b-60Thereafter, the Bull-bannered great Lord was told by Narada and other sages beginning with Garga and Sanaka: “O Three-eyed one, worship Parvati reciprocally.” Then that slender-bodied lady was worshipped with Arghya, Aksata and other things.
61Being worshipped by each other Parvati and Paramesvara. constituting the universe, shone then very much.
62-63They were covered with the glory of the three worlds. They looked at each other (lovingly). The divine couple, the great goddess and the god, were then (honoured) by means of Narajana rite by Lakshmi and Savitri particularly as well as by Arundhati. Similarly Anasilya looked affectionately at Sambhu and Parvati of great renown and performed Nirajana rite with pleasure and love displayed in her eyes.
64Similarly all the Brahmana ladies performed the Narayana rite again and again. All of them laughed joyously on looking at the chaste lady and Sambhu.
65Lomasa said: In the meantime, urged by the preceptor Garga, Himalaya accompanied by Mena began the rite of offering the virgin .
66Mena, the better-half of Himadri, the highly fortunate lady adorned with all the ornaments took up the golden pot.
67-69Then Visvanatha, the bestower of boons, was told by Himadri: “After due consultation with Brahma, Vishnu and the noble-souled preceptor Garga, I am today performing the rite of offering the virgin to the Trident-bearing Lord of Devas, O Brahmanas. May the procedural Mantras suitable for this occasion be recited.” Agreeing that it should be so, the excellent Brahmanas who were aware of the (proper) time (of the ceremony) said:
70“O dear one, let your Gotra and lineage be mentioned . O highly fortunate one, say.” On hearing these words, the pleasant-faced one turned his face away; one who should not be bewailed attained a pitiable state.
71-75Lord Mahesa who had a pitiable face when he had no reply to offer, was seen in such a state by the excellent Suras, sages and groups of Gandharvas, Yakshas, ascetics and Siddhas. Then Narada did something funny. Narada, the son of Brahma, took out his Vishnu. Then the intelligent one was prevented: “O holy Lord, do not play your lute.” On being requested thus by the Mountain, Narada spoke these words: “Bhava was directly asked by you to mention his Gotra. O Mountain, his Gotra and family is Nada (Pure Sound) alone. Sambhu is well established in him. Hence, Sambhu is identical with Nada. Hence, O scorcher of enemies, this Vina is played now by me.
76O Parvata (Mountain), Devas beginning with Brahma do not know his Gotra and family; what then to say of others?
77-78You are confounded. You do not know anything about what should be said or should not be said. All worldly objects are external to Mahesa. O Mountain, whatever is originated, whatever has a birth, becomes dead. There is no doubt about it. This Virupaksha ( one with uneven eyes) is devoid of form and features. (Hence) he is called Akulina (having no family).
79O excellent Mountain, your son-in-law is undoubtedly one without a Gotra. No criticism or comment should be made in this matter by you who are very learned.
80All people do not know Hara. Why should I talk much on this, O Lord? Even these sages are confounded, O glorious one, because they are ignorant of him.
81-82Brahma does not know him (and his) head, the head of Parameshthin (the great Lord). Vishnu went to the nether worlds (and the foot of the Lord) was not seen. The whole range of the three worlds has been pervaded by that unfathomable Linga. Understand this. What purpose is served by this?
83That (Linga) has certainly been propitiated by this daughter of yours, O Himalaya. How is it that you do not know exactly, O great Mountain.
84-85This universe is created by these two. It is sustained by these two.” On hearing these words of the no ble-souled Narada, all of them, the chief of whom was Himadri and at whose head was lndra, became surprised in their minds and they said: “Well-done! Well-done!” On realizing the majesty of isvara all those clever ones (sages) became overwhelmed by surprise. They spoke to one another:
86-87It was at his bidding that this wide world was born. This is greater than the greatest, being of the form of self-consciousness. Everything becomes the object of the imagination of Paramesvara who is independent. This noble souled one has the three worlds for his own form.