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#Puranas #SkandaPurana #Aṣṭōttara #Sahasranāma

In Skanda Purana, there are different Aṣṭōttara & Sahasranāma quoted. In this thread, a couple of important and unique namavalis of interest are referenced.

In Māheśvara-khaṇḍa, Kaumārikā-khaṇḍa, Chapter 29, Subramanya Swamy becomes the commander-in-chief of Deva army.

In this chapter, there is an instance where the sage Viśvāmitra takes refuge in Kumāra and composed a divine hymn for Mahāsena (another name for Skanda).

Shloka 123 (blue box) indicates the context where Sag

Phala Sruthi is present in shloka 124 (red box below)
One who recites this Aṣṭōttara will be cleansed of their sins and will be able to attain pure knowledge.

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#Puranas #SkandaPurana #Bharatha

Yesterday, @Sheshapatangi posed a question about Bharatha map from Skanda Purana.

Presenting a small humble attempt to recreating the glory of our motherland


Disclaimer: This is by far the toughest question I had to answer thus far. Skanda Purana is 2nd largest Purana next to Mahabharatha

The sheer amount of information is mind-boggling & requires multiple reading. This is just a snapshot. Please pardon & correct for omissions

In the thread below, I tried to provide an overview of various references to Kāvēri, Kan̄ci, Tamāraparāṇi, Śrīśaila etc to mainly indicate that southern regions of India are well captured in Puranas from a long time

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#Puranas #SkandaPurana #SpecialDaysofYear

There are some special days mentioned in Skanda Purana that relate to the starting of different Yugas & Manvantaras

We will also have a look at what is considered as "Sade Theen Muhurat" i.e. 3.5 Muhurats which are also auspicious

Skanda Purana Maheshwara Kanda Book 2 (Kaumārikā-khaṇḍa), Chapter 5 has dialogue between Narada & Sutanu where the starting days of different Yugas and Manvantharas are outlined.

The 7th query is about starting days of Yuga which is considered auspicious

Starting days of Yugas:

Kārtīka śukla navami - Start of Satya Yuga (Akṣaya navami)

Vaiśākha śukla tritīya - Start of Treta Yuga (Akṣaya tritīya)

Māgha kr̥ṣṇa amāvāsya - Start of Dvapara Yuga

Bhādrapada kr̥ṣṇa trayōdaśi - Start of Kali Yuga

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#Puranas #PuranicStories #PadmaPurana

Devotion of parents is a central theme is most of our scriptures. Inspired by a current real-life incident, I thought of narrating a very interesting story from Padma Purana.

This is about devotion to Parents.

Pippala - Sukarmā

Pippala, born to Kashyapa, desired to attain powers unrivaled by anyone else in the universe.

He goes to dasharanya forest & starts a severe penance. It was so severe that gods and sages were marvelled to see this amazing experience.

Termites built an ant hill, while poisonous snakes curled around him and bit him. Yet nothing happened to Pippala. 1000 years passed in this fashion.

His body became radiant and a circles of energy engulfed his body like a halo.

3000 years passed and gods were pleased

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#Puranas #PuranicStories #PadmaPurana

Interesting story on Prahalada's previous birth

In Dwaraka, there used to be a brahmin named Shivasharma who had 5 sons
1. Yajnasharma
2. Vedasharma
3. Dharmasharma
4. Vishnusharma
5. Somasharma

All sons were very devoted to their father
Shivasharma was very highly knowledgeable and had magical powers. He wanted to test his sons devotion to him and created various challenges.

For the 1st son, with his magic, he creates as if his wife was dead and asks his son to chop her body and throw away.

The 1st son obeys his father and Shivasharma thinks he is the most devoted.

To the 2nd son, he creates a beautiful woman and says, "your mother has died. I wish to marry her. Convince her".

2nd son goes the lady and conveys his father's wishes.

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A thread explaining the significance of #GuruPurnima.

ब्रह्मानन्दं परमसुखदं केवलं ज्ञानमूर्तिम्
द्वन्द्वातीतं गगनसदृशं तत्त्वमस्यादिलक्ष्यम् ।
एकं नित्यं विमलमचलं सर्वधीसाक्षीभूतम्
भावातीतं त्रिगुणरहितं सद्गुरुंतं नमामि ।
The first full moon (Pournami) after the summer solstice in the month of Aashadhi is when the #Guru(#Adiyogi) first decided to enlighten his disciples & bestowed the Sapta Rishi's( 7 sages) with yogic understanding . Hence it is celebrated as #GuruPurnima . +
3/7 * Meaning of GURU *
Gu - Ignorance
Ru - Elimination
So a Guru is hailed as someone who imparts education & transfers the pearls of wisdom attained over years to his/her students thereby removing ignorance. Our life is incomplete without a Guru. +
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It is possible to discover God purely through the power of intellect. The philosophers of the theistic Samkhya studied the evolutive nature of prakrti but, more importantly, recognized its limitations. In this manner, they worked their way upwards towards spiritual personality.
One fatal mistake that seems to be all-pervading in the scholars' analyses of the Samkhya #philosophy is many of them seem to have succumbed to the erroneous view that the purusa (spiritual personality) is totally devoid of karma. This could also have been the view of some
of the original exponents of this school. This is a mistake of epic proportions and practically strips the purusa of any operative powers reducing him to some substance-like pure entity, albeit of a conscious nature. However, purusa is not a substance-like non-operative entity
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The ancient philosopher scientists found that the body is a *programmed* entity. Its various organs are *devices* programmed to operate. And this great finding paved the way for the realization of the highest truths of mankind.
Realization of the *nature* of things, the philosophy of the body.
Indeed it is through the body primarily that God is discovered in the ancient philosophico-scientific world. It is the "veda patha, " the way of the senses. The external universe may be abstracted simply as "vishaya," the world of sense-objects. It consists of dead matter only.
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1/ Manu (The progenitor of Humankind)
All different races of Mankind are derived from Manu and Shradha. The current Manu is Vaivasvata Manu.
2/ The word Manu literary means man but it is a title given to the progenitor of mankind. According to Hindu Puranas there are many kalpas (One day of Lord Brahma the creator) and each Kalpa has 14 manvantara and each manvatara has one manu. So basically each Kalpa has 14 Manus.
3/ The current manu of the present manvantara is Shraddhadeva or Vaivasvata Manu of this current Kalpa. He is the son of Vivasvat (Probably Surya) and is therefore also known as Manu-vaivasvata.
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