The marriage celebration of Siva and Parvati: Auspicious festivities ||26||
1Lomasa said: Then those excellent Mountains beginning with Meru became bewildered. They all addressed Himavan, the great Mountain, simultaneously.
2The Mountains said: O Mountain, let the offering of the daughter in marriage be performed today. It is your good fortune that the glorious Sambhu has been obtained by you (as the son-in-law). No hesitation should be entertained within your heart. So let her be given to Tsvara (Lord Siva).
3-4On hearing the words of his friends and on being urged by god Brahma, Himalaya made this good resolve. He made the offer with the Mantra “O Paramesvara, I am giving this daughter to you as your wife. Accept her .” To this great Rudra, to Sambhu, the Lord of the Devas, to Mahesa. his daughter was given by the noble-souled Lord of Mountains.
5-6The lotus-eyed couple were brought out from the altar. Parvati and Paramesvara were made to sit outside the Vell (altar) by the preceptor, the noble-souled Kasyapa. Then for the sake of Havana (offering into the sacred fire) the (sacred) fire was invoked, O Brahmanas .
7-10Brahma was seated on the seat of Brahma (the priest presiding over a sacrificial ceremony) near Siva, while the rite of oblation to the fire was going on. The sages who were experts (in their field), who were conversant with various schools of philosophy, conversed with one another. Some of them who were engaged in Vedic discussion, expatiated on what has been accepted (in the Vedas). “It is like this. O “It is not like this.” “It is like this and not otherwise.” “It should be done. “It should not be done.” “It should be (partially) done and (partially) not be done.” As they said like this the medley of their voices was heard in the place near Siva (in the presence of Siva). Sticking to their own opinions, they were speaking to one another. All of them were devoid of the knowledge of Reality. Their intelligence (and knowledge) was limited to the Vedas only.
11On hearing the words of those (Vedic scholars) who were desirous of defeating one another, Narada laughed and spoke these words in the presence of Siva:
12-14“You are all great disputants taking delight in Vedic discussion. But, O Brahmanas, keep quiet, meditating on Sadasiva in your hearts. He is the Atman, the Supreme Soul, greater than the greatest. Obeisance to that Lord who is the immanent soul of all, by whom this universe is created, through whom everything functions and in whom the whole universe becomes merged. That Lord is present now in the abode of the “Lord of Mountains, O Brahmanas. It was from his mouth that all of you clever people were born .”
15Those excellent Brahmanas were spoken thus by Narada. Those excellent Brahmanas were enlightened by means of words of advice.
16As the Yajila was going on, Brahma, the grandfather of the worlds, saw the feet and the beautiful moon-like nails of the goddess.
17On seeing them the Lotus-born Lord was immediately agitated (sexually). Being overwhelmed by the god of Love, his semen was discharged on the ground.
18As the semen virile trickled down, the grandfather (Brahma) became ashamed. That thing worthy of being concealed and very difficult to be overcome, he pressed down by means of his feet.
19Many thousands of sages, the Valakhilyas, were born therefrom. All of them approached him crying out, “0 father, O father.”
20-21Those Valakhilyas were then told by Narada who got very angry (with them): “O ye Batus, all of you go to the mountain Gandhamadana. You must not stay here. You are not wanted (here).” On being ordered thus by Narada, all the Valakhilyas hastened to that mountain.
22-23Then Brahma was consoled by Narada through auspicious words. By that time, the rite of oblations to fire (Havana) by noble-souled Mahesa was concluded and the Brahmanas engaged themselves in Santipatha . The cardinal points, i.e. the whole of the world became pervaded by the great Brahmaghosha (‘loud sound of chanting the Vedas’)
24Then the Nirayana rite was performed to the Lord by the wives of Devas. Similarly, he was adored and worshipped by the wives of the sages.
25The auspicious and charming young ladies too, of the Lord of the Mountains, performed the rite of Nirayana. Those who were experts and conversant with good music (delighted everyone) with songs. Similarly the great sages (propitiated the Lord) by means of eulogies.
26Himalaya, the noble-minded great Mountain. gave them very valuable gems and jewels. He was delighted and he wished to please others.
27The Lord who was stationed on the altar along with his wife and the groups of Suras and Siddhas, shone then. The sole (i.e. the most) handsome one (the Lord) in the universe was accompanied by all his Ganas and Parsadas. He was delighted in his mind.
28In the meantime, the sages, Gandharvas, Yakshas and many others with Brahma and Vishnu at their head came there.
29The noble-souled great Lord of Mountains endowed with the greatest refulgence, honoured and worshipped all of them and gave them good gems and jewels, clothes, ornaments, betel leaves and scented water.
30Then all the leading Suras duly honoured Siva and took their food. All of them gathered together and rejoiced.
31-32They sat in rows and took food with Lingas and Srigins (types of Ganas). Some of the Ganas sat separately.
Narada and others pleased the Lord with witty remarks and locular comments of different sorts. The group of Candi with many female attendants took their food. All of them had their (respective) vessels.
33-34Vetalas and Kshetrapalas shared their food equally. So also Sakinis, Oakinis, Yaksinis, the Mothers and others. There were sixty-four Yoginis and Yogins too. There were others too: ten crores of Ganas and a core of noble souls.
35So also, all the sages and others beginning with learned Devas. Other Yogins have already been mentioned by me.
36-38Yoginis have also been mentioned. I shall mention their food to you. Some of them brought the pure (raw) meat of rhinoceros and ate it along with the bone. Some who were hungry ate their entrails. Some of them brought huge and heavy heads of buffaloes. Some of them danced. Other Pramathas began to cry and shriek. Some of them in the form of Rudra remained quiet. Others remained staring at still others.
39Bhairava who was standing in the middle of the circle of Yoginis began to dance. Others. Bhutas and Vetalas blurted out “Don’t, Don’t”.
40On seeing their festivities like this, the slayer of Madhu spoke these words laughingly to Sankara, the benefactor of the worlds:
41-42“Prevent these Ganas, these inebriated fellows now. What should be alone on this occasion should be done with wisdom, O Mahadeva. So prevent them.” On hearing it, “Lord Rudra said to Virabhadra:
43-47Rudra said: Prevent those mad and heedless ones and particularly the intoxicated ones. Virabhadra was told thus by Sambhu, the great god (Parameshthin). On being ordered by the intelligent Virabhadra and prevented by him, the reckless Pramathas kept quiet. In the middle of Yoginis, Bhutas. Pramathas, Guhyakas, Sakinis, Yatudhanas, Kushmandas, Kopikarpatas (?) and others, Bhutas, Vetalas, Kshetrapalas and Bhairavas -all these intoxicated Pramathas and others became calm. Thus the marriage celebration was very elaborate. It was performed by Himadri with great auspiciousness and splendour.
48Four days passed. With full mind, with great sincerity, the worship of the Trident. bearing Lord of Devas was performed by Himadri.
49-52After worshipping and adoring Mahadeva with robes, jewels and ornaments as well as with big and small gems, he became engaged in worshipping Vishnu. Himavan worshipped and honoured Vishnu along with Lakshmi with splendid robes lnd ornaments. So also he honoured Brahma. He honoured Lord Indra along with his preceptor (Brihaspati) and Indrani. He honoured the Guardians of the Quarters severally. Candi too was honoured along with Bhutas, Pramathas and Guhyakas with robes and jewels and different kinds of gems and jewels. All others too who had come there were worshipped and honoured.
53Thus aII the Devas, Sages, Yakshas, Gandharvas, Vidyadharas, Siddhas, Carallas, human beings and groups of celestial damsels were duly honoured.