sacrifice. Bathing in Shivodbheda
one acquireth the merit of the gift of a thousand kine.
And bathing in Nagodbheda
, one obtaineth the
region of the Nagas. One should proceed, next,
to the inaccessible tirtha
where the cranes, O Bharata, disappearing in the form
, re-appear every year in the month
, and bathe, O blessed chief of the
Bharata race, in the Sarasawati. Bathing there,
O tiger among men, one blazeth forth like the Moon,
and obtaineth, O bull of the Bharata race, the merit
of the gift of a thousand kine. One should next
proceed, O thou of the Kuru race, to Kumarakoti
with subdued senses, and bathing there, worship the
gods and the Puris
. By doing this, one
obtaineth the merit of the gift of ten thousand kine,
and raiseth all his ancestors to higher regions.
One should next, O virtuous one, proceed with subdued
soul to Rudrakoti
, where in olden days, O king,
ten millions of Munis had assembled. And, O king,
filled with great joy at the prospect of beholding
Mahadeva, the Rishis assembled there, each saying,
‘I will first behold the god! I will
first behold the god!
’ And, O king, in order
to prevent disputes amongst those Rishis of subdued
souls, the Lord of Yoga
, by the help of his
power, multiplied himself into ten million
forms, and stood before every one of them. And
every one of these Rishis said, ‘I have seen
’ And gratified, O king, with
the deep devotion of those Munis of subdued souls,
Mahadeva granted them a boon, saying, ’From
this day your righteousness shall grow!
And, O tiger among men, one that bathes, with a pure
mind, in Rudrakoti
obtaineth the merit of the
horse-sacrifice and delivereth his ancestors.
One should next proceed, O king, to that highly sacred
and celebrated region where the Saraswati mingles
with the sea. Thither, O king, the gods with Brahma
at their head and Rishis with wealth of asceticism
repair for adoring Kesava on the fourteenth day of
the lighted fortnight of the month of Chaitra.
Bathing there, O tiger among men, one obtaineth the
merit of giving away gold in abundance, and his soul
being cleansed from every sin, he ascendeth to the
region of Brahma. It is there, O king, that the
Rishis have completed many a sacrifice. By a
trip to that spot one obtaineth the merit of the gifts
of a thousand kine."’”
“’Pulastya said, “One should next
proceed, O king, to the adored Kurukshetra at sight
of which all creatures are freed from their sins.
He is freed from all sins who constantly sayeth, ’I
will live in Kurukshetra.’ The very
dust of Kurukshetra, conveyed by the wind, leadeth
a sinful man to a blessed course (in after-life).
They that dwell in Kurukshetra which lieth to the
south of the Saraswati and the north of the Drishadwati,