of those who are possessed of Brahma. Thou art
fond of Brahma, thou art austere like the Brahmanas
and art versed in the great mystery of Brahma and
the leader of the Brahmanas. Thou art Swaha,
thou art Swadha, and thou art the holiest of the holy,
and art invoked in hymns and celebrated as the six-flamed
fire. Thou art the year, thou art the six seasons,
thou art the months, the (lunar) half months, the
(solar) declinations, and the cardinal points of space.
Thou art lotus-eyed. Thou art possessed of a lily-like
face. Thou hast a thousand faces and a thousand
arms. Thou art the ruler of the universe, thou
art the great Oblation, and thou art the animating
spirit of all the gods and the Asuras. Thou art
the great leader of armies. Thou art Prachanda
(furious), thou art the Lord, and thou art the great
master and the conqueror of thine enemies. Thou
art, Sahasrabhu (multiform), Sahasratusti (a thousand
times content), Sahasrabhuk (devourer of everything),
and Sahasrapad (of a thousand legs), and thou art the
earth itself. Thou art possessed of infinite
forms and thousand heads and great strength.
According to thine own inclinations thou hast appeared
as the son of Ganga, Swaha, Mahi, or Krittika.
O six-faced god, thou dost play with the cock and
assume different forms according to thy will.
Thou art Daksha. Soma, the Maruta, Dharma, Vayu,
the prince of mountains, and Indra, for all time.
Thou art mighty, the most eternal of all eternal things,
and the lord of all lords. Thou art the progenitor
of Truth, the destroyer of Diti’s progeny (Asuras),
and the great conqueror of the enemies of the celestials.
Thou art the personation of virtue and being thyself
vast and minute, thou art acquainted with the highest
and lowest points of virtuous acts, and the mysteries
of Brahma. O foremost of all gods and high-souled
lord of the Universe, this whole creation is over-spread
with thy energy! I have thus prayed to thee according
to the best of my power. I salute thee who art
possessed of twelve eyes and many hands. Thy
remaining attributes transcend my powers of comprehension!’
The Brahmana who with due attention readeth this story
of the birth of Skanda, or relateth it unto Brahmanas,
or hears it narrated by regenerate men, attaineth
to wealth, long life, fame, children, as also victory,
prosperity and contentment, and the companionship of
Vaisampayana said, “After those Brahmanas and
the illustrious sons of Pandu had taken their seats,
Draupadi and Satyabhama entered the hermitage.
And with hearts full of joy the two ladies laughed
merrily and seated themselves at their ease.
And, O king, those ladies, who always spake sweetly
to each other, having met after a long time, began
to talk upon various delightful topics arising out
of the stories of the Kurus and the Yadus. And
the slender-waisted Satyabhama, the favourite wife