Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1 eBook

Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa
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Then, O monarch, a man should repair to the Saugandhika-vana.  There dwell the celestials with Brahma at their head, Rishis endued with wealth of asceticism, the Siddhas, the Charanas, the Gandharvas, the Kinnaras and the serpents.  As soon as one entereth these woods, he is cleansed of all his sins.  Then, O king, should one repair to the sacred goddess Saraswati, known there as the goddess Plaksha, that best of streams and foremost of rivers.  There should one bathe in the water issuing from an ant-hill. (Bathing there and) worshipping the Pitris and the gods, one obtaineth the merit of the horse-sacrifice.  There existeth a rare tirtha called Isanadhyushita, lying from the ant-hill at the distance of six throws of a heavy stick.  As seen in the Puranas, O tiger among men, bathing there a man obtaineth the merit of giving away a thousand Kapila kine and of the horse-sacrifice.  Journeying next, O foremost of men, to Sugandha, and Satakumbha and Pancha-yaksha, a man becometh adored in heaven.  Repairing to another tirtha there called Trisulakhata, one should bathe and set himself to worship the Pitris and the gods.  Doing so, without doubt, one obtaineth, after death, the status of Ganapatya.  One should next proceed, O king, to the excellent spot of the Goddess celebrated over the three worlds by the name of Sakamvari.  There, for the space of a thousand celestial years, she of excellent vows, month after month, had subsisted upon herbs, O king of men!  And attracted by their reverence for the Goddess, many Rishis with wealth of asceticism, came thither, O Bharata, and were entertained by her with herbs.  And it is for this that they bestowed on her the name of Sakamvari.  O Bharata, the man who arriveth at Sakamvari, with rapt attention and leading a Brahmacharya mode of life and passeth three nights there in purity and subsisting on herbs alone, obtaineth, at the will of the goddess, the merit of him that liveth upon herbs for twelve years.  Then should one proceed to the tirtha called Suvarna, famed through the three worlds.  There in days of old, Vishnu had paid his adorations to Rudra, for his grace, and obtaineth also many boons difficult of acquisition even by the gods.  And, O Bharata, the gratified destroyer of Tripura said, ’O Krishna, thou shalt, without doubt, be much beloved in the world, and the foremost of everything in the universe.’  Repairing thither, O king, and worshipping the deity having the bull for his mark, one obtaineth the merit of the horse-sacrifice as also the status of Ganapatya.  One should next proceed to the tirtha of Dhumavati.  Fasting there for three nights, one obtaineth, without doubt, all the wishes cherished by him.  To the southern half of this spot of the Goddess, there is, O king, a tirtha called Rathavarta.  One should, O virtuous one, go up to that place, with devout heart, and having his senses under control. 
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