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 Yoga power,
multiplied himself into ten million forms, and stood
before every one of them. And every one of these
Rishis said, ‘I have seen him first!’ 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,
are said to dwell in heaven. O hero, one should
reside there, O thou foremost of warriors, for a month.
There, O lord of earth, the gods with Brahma at their
head, the Rishis, the Siddhas, the Charanas, the Gandharvas,
the Apsaras, the Yakshas and the Nagas, often repair,
O Bharata, to the highly sacred Brahmakshetra.
O foremost of warriors, the sins of one that desireth
to repair to Kurukshetra even mentally are all destroyed,
and he finally goeth into the region of Brahma.
O son of the Kuru race, by repairing to Kurukshetra
in a pious frame of mind, one obtaineth the fruit
of the Rajasuya and horse sacrifices. By saluting
next the Yaksha called Mankanaka, that mighty gate-keeper
(of Kuvera), cue obtaineth the fruit of giving away
a thousand kine. O virtuous king, one should
next repair to the excellent region of Vishnu, where