Puraan | 2-Padm Puraan | 5-Uttar Khand
2-Padm Puraan, 5-Uttar Khand, p 880-884
Khand covers the pages 610-1001 (390 pages) of the book. Importance
of Badaree Naath; Gangaa; Tulasee, Shaaligraam, Prayaag Teerth, various
kinds of Daan (charities); about Shani Dev; various Vrat; Ekaadashee of
all months; worship of Yam Raaj and Dwaadashee Vrat; Vishnu Sahastranaam;
story of devotee Pundareek; importance of Vishnu and various flowers to
use in His worship; Shankhaasur, Kaartik and Maagh Snaan and Vrat; Narasinh
Chaturdashee; Geetaa; Bhaagvat Kathaa; Avataar stories - Matsya, Koorm,
Narasinh, Vaaman, Parashuraam, Raam, and Krishn.
The King Shibi said - "Hey Muni, Now you tell me the glory of other Teerth also among many Teerth of Indraprasth Teerth." Naarad Jee said - "There is Dwaarakaa Teerth in Indraprasth region. Listen to its glory. A handsome and musician Braahman lived in Kaampilya Nagar. Hearing his sweet voice many women got attracted to him. People of that city complained about this to the King. On asking, the Braahman told himself as faultless and the women of bad character. At the same time some women also came there and they started talking shamelessly. Braahman explained them the importance of Paativrat abusing their behavior. They got very ashamed and came back to their homes.
After some time, the King of Kaaroosh Desh attacked the King of Kaampilya Nagar and the King of Kaampilya Nagar was killed in the battle. Kaampilya Nagar was robbed, its warriors were killed and its women committed suicide by taking poison. Whichever women did not do Praayashchit of being attracted to that musician Braahman, they became Raakshas and wandered hungry and thirsty. They had to pass their two lives for the sin committed only through heart and speech. Therefore whoever woman is scared of sin, she should never think and talk about other men. Now these Raakshas women were uplifted by sprinkling some water from a Kamandal of a Braahman who was carrying this water from Dwaarakaa Teerth to Pushkar Teerth.
In the same Indraprasth region, there is another Terth named Kosal. There is one story about it also. In a city situated on the banks of Chandrabhaagaa River, there lived a Chand named drunkard, robber, killer barber. One day he killed his neighbor, a rich Braahman named Mukund, with the intention of stealing his house. His wife and mother got very sad at this and they started crying. At the same time Mukund's Guru Vedaayan named Sanyaasee came there. He discoursed them on Gyaan and asked them to perform his last rites. Mukund's wife was pregnant so he stopped her to become Satee with Mukund. Mukund's younger brother set off to Gangaa River to flow his elder brother's remains. He came to this Kosal Teerth. He was sleeping that a dog picked the packet of remains of Mukund and threw it in Kosal Teerth. As soon as the bones fell in the water, Mukund came there riding on Divine Vimaan and he told describing the glory of the Teerth, that as soon as the bones fell in the Teerth, he came out of the Narak and attained this good Gati. He fell in Narak because he disobeyed his Guru and now he would live in Swarg for the whole Kalp. And he went to Swarg.
Now you listen to the story of that Chandak barber. After getting the news of Mukund's killing, the King ordered his people to arrest him. They arrested him and got him killed by Chaandaal. He was born as a black snake in Maarvaad. One Braahman brought his parents remains in a box to drop them in Gangaa River. He stayed there where this snake lived. In the night that snake entered the box and came to Kosal River bank. When the box was opened they saw a snake in there, so they killed him. As soon as they killed him, he assumed a Divine body and came there sitting on a Divine Vimaan. He said to them - "I was Chandak named barber. Because of the sin of Braahamn killing, I suffered in Narak for 500,000 years and in snake species for 20,000 years. Today I have attained Mukti because of this Teerth." Seeing the effect of this Teerth, that Braahman also dropped those remains in that Teerth. At the same time his parents assumed Divine form and a Vimaan took them to Swarg. All saints then stayed there and in the end went to Vaikunth Lok."
Madhu Van, Badaree, and Haridwaar Teerth
Naarad Jee said - "Here is one Madhu Van Teerth where there is Vishraanti Ghaat named Teerth. A Braahman lived here with his family in his leaves hut with the desire of Darshan of Bhagavaan. One day when he was taking bath in this Teerth, he thought about it and Bhagavaan gave him His Darshan. He prayed him and he went to Vaikunth Lok with Him. At a distance of 11 Dhanush (1 Dhanush=6 feet) from this Teerth, there is Badarik Aashram Teerth.
A Braahman named Devadaas lived in Magadh Desh. He spoke truth, and he was very religious. His wife's name was Uttamaa, his son's name was Angad and his daughter's name was Valayaa. Devadaas married his both children. The daughter went to her in-law's house and the son started taking care of the household responsibilities. After some time Devadaas said to his wife - "Now we should leave the attachment with the world and go to forest to o Bhajan and meditation." They called their son Angad, told him this and after taking permission from his they set off to forest with some money.
On the way they met a Siddh man in Kalp Graam. He told them the glory of Badaree Dhaam in which a he-buffalo got Mukti as he entered the place, although he was a great sinner in his previous life; and then suggested to go there. He was also going to bring his old father to bring there to give them Moksh. So they went to Badaree in Indraprasth and Bhagavaan took them to Vaikunth with the same body. That Siddh man also brought his father there, gave him bath in that Teerth and he also attained Vaikunth Lok.
There is a Haridwaar Teerth in Indraprasth. Outside Kurukshetra, there lived a great sinner Chaandaal named Kaaling. Once he followed a rich Vaishya at the time Solar Eclipse, and when he was returning from Kurukshetra, at this place he tried to steal from the tent of that Vaishya. He killed his two guards also. One of his servants released an arrow at him, so he also died. Thus the two guards and the Chaandaal appeared on a Divine Vimaan and said to the Vaishya - "See the glory of this Teerth. This Haridwaar destroys all sins." and they went to Swarg Lok. Next day the Vaishya did last rites of his two guards and dropped their remains in Haridwaar Teerth. After this they came back from Swarg and went to Vaikunth Dhaam. That Vaishya also went to Vaikunth Dhaam in the end."
Pushkar, Prayaag, and Kaashee Teerth
"Now you listen to about Pushkar Teerth in Indraprasth. A Maalav named Braahman lived in Vidarbh Desh. He was very learned, peaceful and devotee of Hari. One time, when Brihaspati (Jupiter) was in Sinh Raashi (Leo Sign), he took 10,000 gold coins for donation and went to Godaavare River to take bath. Half of that money he intended to give his nephew (sister's son) Pundareek and another half to other Braahman. He called his nephew so he came there. Maalav gave him his half money. Pundareek gave 1/4th of his money gave to Braahman and went back to his home after taking permission from Maalav.
After a few days he came to this Teerth. Here he saw his younger brother Bharat lying on the ground smeared with blood. In a few moments he died. At the same time he saw a Vimaan descending from the sky, and Bharat sitting in it in his Divine form. Bharat said to Pundarek - "Brother, At this time I came here to snatch the money from you given by Maamaa, but at midnight the servants of some traders killed me thinking me a thief. But because of this Pushkar Teerth, I have got this Divine body. Once I took the dead body of an orphan girl to Gangaa's banks for her last rites, this Teerth is the fruit of that Punya."
Pundareek saw his brother's good Gati, so he also stayed there the whole month of Maagh and took bath in Pushkar Teerth. Then he came back home and did a great celebration on Paush Poornimaa. He fed Braahman and did Jaagaran the whole night. Then he waited for Bhagavaan to come. Next day Bhagavaan came there in person in real. Pundareek worshipped Him and prayed Him to live in his house the whole Maagh. Bhagavaan pleased with his worship, stayed in his house for the full month of Maagh. Then He brought him to Pushkar Teerth and asked him to take bath there. At the same time a Divine flame came out of his body and got absorbed in Govind's feet."
"Now you listen to Prayaag Teerth of Indraprasth. There lived a prostitute, named Mohinee, who was very skilled in singing and dancing, on the banks of Narmadaa River, in Maahishmatee Nagaree. She had committed many sins in greed of money. When she got old, she got gbuilding inns, od wisdom, so she spent that money in making wells, temples etc. Once she fell sick and she wanted to give all money to Braahman, but Braahman didn't take it, so she divided it in two parts, one part she gave to her maid servants and the other one she gave to travelers. Now she did not have any money. At this time her one friend whose name was Jaradgavaa, was serving her. Fortunately she became all right, but she felt embarrassed in living in Jaradgavaa's house, so she went out from there.
One day Mohinee was going through a forest, that the thieves killed her thinking that she had money. But they did not find any money on her so they left her body there only and ran away. But Mohinee was not dead yet. A Vaanprasthee Mahaatmaa was passing by with the water of this Prayaag in his Kamandal. He poured that water in her mouth saying its glory. At that time Mohinee had a desire to be a queen of a king, but as the water went into her mouth she died. In her next life she became the queen of Veer Varmaa in Dravid Desh, her name was Hemaangee. King's minister's daughter Kalaa wa her friend. One day Hemaangee went to her house and she showed her a strange book from a golden box. It contained the picture of all Avataars and a map of the whole Prithvi. As she ws looking at the map she saw the place Prayaag Teerth and she immediately remembered her previous life.
She came back home and told all the incidents to her husband. She said - "Naath, Because of that Prayaag water, I have become your wife, now I wish to go to that Teerth which has fulfilled my wish. When I will start my journey to Teerth Raaj, then only I will take food and water." The King did not believe this, but then Aakaashvaanee said - "Raajan, She is speaking truth. Go and take bath in the holy water of Prayaag Teerth, it will fulfill your wishes." Now the King believed, he bowed his head to the Aakaashvaanee, handed over his kingdom to his Minister and set off to Prayaag Teerth. They came to Prayaag of Indraprasth. They took bath in it saying "May Vishnu be pleased with us from this Snaan." Soon Brahma Jee and Vishnu came their on their rides, swan and Garud. King Veer Varmaa bowed his head to both of them and prayed both of them. Then Hemaangee prayed them and prayed to fulfill their wish. Both got very pleased with them and took them to Satya Lok with them."
Mahaadev Jee said - "Now you ,listen to the glory of Indraprasth's Kaashee Teerth. This increases the fame and life. In Sat Yug, there lived a crow in Kaashee Teerth on a fig tree. There was a large hole at the root of that tree in which lived a big snake. One day a storm came and the tree fell down from its root. Both the snake and the crow died under it. But then all three, fig tree, crow and snake, went to Vaikunth Dhaam riding in Divine Vimaan. In his earlier life, the crow was a Shravan named Braahman in Kurujaangal Desh and used to eat sweets in a lonely place. This snake was his brother - Kurantak who was an atheist, cruel and abused Devtaa. The fig tree was the wife of Shravan - Kunthaa who shared the sins of both. That is why she was born as Sthaavar (immovable) and became the resting place for both. One day these two brothers brought out a cow of a traveler fallen in a well, and when they came home and told Kunthaa about this she supported them saying, "You did a good job"; because of the effect of this Punya they all lived in Kaashee situated on the banks of Indraprasth, died here and went to Vaikunth Lok.
Other Teerth are Gokarn Teerth where if one dies, he doesn't come back to this Prithvi. It is Shiv's Teerth. Another Teerth is Shiv Kaanchee Teerth. Who dies here he also does not take rebirth. Here Shiv worshipped Vishnu and obtained the status of "Bhakt Raaj". Heramb named Mahaatmaa who was a great devotee of Shiv, came here wandering around and died here. He went to Shiv Dhaam then to Vaikunth Dhaam. Besides these there are Kapil Aashram, Kedaar and Prabhaas etc Teerth."
Saubhari Rishi said - "After saying this to King Shibi, Naarad Jee went away from there. Shibi took bath there and went to his kingdom." Soot Jee said - "Hey Shaunak Jee, Thus hearing the glory of Indraprasth Yudhishthir went to Hastinaapur and then came to Indraprasth along with his brother Duryodhan etc with the desire to do Raajsooya Yagya. He then invited Krishn and did Yagya. Krishn killed Shishupaal there thinking that after abusing me there in Indraprasth he will attain Mukti. Where Shishupaal was killed, and where Yudhishthir did Yagya, Bheem built a Kund from his Gadaa there. It became famous as Bheem Kund. This is situated towards South of Yamunaa at a distance of about one Kos (2 and 1/2 miles). Whatever fruit one gets by taking bath in Indraprasth's Yamunaa, the same fruit one gets in Bheem Kund also. Who circumambulates Indraprasth on Chaitra Krishn Chaturdashee, he becomes free from all sins.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 05/13/13