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Essence Of Skanda Purana


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Kamakoti.org presents the Essence of Skanda Purana in English, condensed by Sri. V.D.N.Rao, devotee of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and Retired Official of the Government of India. Skanda Purana is one of the major eighteen Puranas.

This is the fifth in the series of Puranas being featured on kamakoti.org after Narada Purana, Shiva Purana, Markandeya Purana and Padma Purana.

The author can be contacted at raovdn@gmail.com

INDEX
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Preface

Devi Sati’s self-immolation and Daksha Yagna destroyed

Significance of Siva Puja- Similarity of Three Murtis

Danavas defeat Devas, churning of Ocean and Emergence of ‘Amrit’

Devas regain Swarga, Indra commits/ dissolves ‘Brahmahatya’ and reinstated

Vritrasura vs. Indra and Sage Dadhichi’s illustrious sacrifice

Pradosha Vrata-Procedure of Worship to Lord Siva and its ‘Udyapan’

Kartikeya exterminates Tarakasura

Skanda’s remorse and ‘Prayaschittha’ (Atonement)

Ashtottara Namavali of Kartikeya and Phala Sruti

Significance of ‘Daan’ (Charity)-Its Profile and Fruits

Narada seeks replies to a questionnaire and bestows Brahma’s Charity to Kalaap Village

King Indradyumna and his ‘Satsang’ Group

The famed ‘Shata Rudreeyam’

Skanda’s ‘Vijaya Sthambh’ (Tower of Victory) and ‘Siddha Saptaka’

Mahakaal blesses Kumari, Kalabhiti and Karandhama

Procedure of Siva Puja

Narada sets up the Idols of Vasudeva and Bhattaditya (Surya Deva)

Why had ‘Mahi Sagara Sangama Tirtha’ become a ‘Gupta Kshetra”?

Some Tirthas and Kshetras of repute

Arunachala ‘Mahatmya’

Venkatachala ‘Mahatmya’

Eight-folded approach to Venkateswara

Purushottama Kshetra (Utkala Khanda) Mahatmya

Badari Kshetra Mahatmya

Significance of the month of Kartika

Margasirsha Mahatmya

Vaisakha Month’s Significance

Ayodhya ‘Mahatmya’ and the Import of ‘Tirthas’ around

Setu Tirtha (Rameswara Kshetra)

Dharmaranya Mahatmya-Sadachari Brahmanas, SandhaVandana, Do’s & Dont’s

Kamadhenu creates Vaishyas to safeguard and assist Brahmanas

Chaturmasya Mahatmya and ‘Shodasopacharas’ (Sixteen Services)

Siva Mantra, Siva Ratri, Siva Puja, Siva Pradosha Vrata and Siva Kavacha

Kashi Mahatmya- Pride of Vindhyachal suppressed by Sage Agastya

Manasa Tirtha

Description of Celestial Worlds

Origin and ‘Mahatmya’ of Kasi

Avanti Kshetra Mahatmya

Narmada’s Origin, significant events ascribed to the River and her Mahatmya

Viswamitra sends mortal Trishanku to Swarga

Origin of Nagara, Shankha Tirtha, Achaleswara / Siddheswara Lingas

Most Significant ‘Siva Kshetras’ as identified by Maha Deva

Origin of Kedar Kshetra and its importance

Birth of Viswamitra, cause of his rivalry with Vasishtha and his curse to Saraswati

Prabhasa Kshetra Mahatmya

Dwaraka ‘Mahatmya’

ANNEXURE ON VISHNU SAHASRANAMA

ANNEXURE-SHRI LAKSHMI SAHASRANAMA STOTRA

ANNEXURE-SHRI SARASWATHI SAHASRANAMA STOTRA


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