1) MAHESHWAR KHAND DAKSHA’S ANIMOSITY TOWARDS LORD SHIVA

Skanda Purana begins with the eulogy of Lord Shiva– Yasyagya Jagat Srishta Viranchih Palko Harih; Sanharta Kalrudrakhyo Namastasmai Pinakine. (Meaning)— Salutations to Lord Shankar who has entrusted the job of creation to Lord Brahma– Who has instructed Lord Vishnu to nurture the world and who himself acts as the supreme…

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2) SATI JUMPS INTO THE SACRIFICIAL FIRE

When Sati reached her father’s place, she saw a grand yagya being performed. A large number of people had been invited–the deities, the sages and the hermits. Sati became sad because Daksha had invited everybody except her husband. She knew quite well that it was a deliberate decision on part…

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3) VIRTUES OF WORSHIPPING LORD SHIVA

Sage Lomesh told the assembled sages— One who brooms the courtyard of Shiva temple attains to Shiva loka. Those who make offerings of incense to Lord Shiva not only liberate himself from the bondage of this world but also both his ‘Kulas’. One who gets constructed a Shiva temple or…

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4) CHURNING OF THE OCEAN

Sage  Lomesh  narrated  the  tale,  which  described  how  Indra  lost  heaven  after  he  showed disrespect to Brihaspati– Once, Indra was enjoying the songs sung by Gandharvas when sage Vashishtha arrived. But, Indra was  so  engrossed  in  music, that  he forgot  to  welcome his  distinguished  guest.  Sage Vashishtha was enraged by…

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5) THE EMERGENCE OF AMBROSIA

When Dhanvantri appeared with a pot of ambrosia in his hands, a demon named Vrishparva snatched it from him. All the demons then fled to Patal loka with the pot of ambrosia. Lord Vishnu disguised himself as an enchanting beauty and went to Patal loka. There, he found all the…

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6) LORD BRAHMA’S BOON TO TARAKASUR

  After the death of Sati, Lord Shiva became aloof and engaged himself in an austere penance. His lack of interest in performing his duties resulted into the predominance of sin in the world. A demon named Tarakasur had received a boon of invincibility from Lord Brahma. Only a child…

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7) SHIVA TEST’S PARVATI’S DEVOTION

After reaching there, Lord Shiva found Parvati engrossed in her penance. Parvati was surrounded by her few trusted companions.Lord Shiva decided to test Parvati’s devotion towards him. So he disguised himself as a hermit and asked her companions about the reason why Parvati was doing such a severe Penance. Jaya,…

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8) THE ARRIVAL OF ‘SAPTARISHIS’

Later on Lord Shiva sent the Saptarishis with the proposal of marriage to Himalaya. Himalaya received his distinguished guests with respect and enquired about the purpose of their visit. The Saptarishis replied–‘We have come to request you to give your daughter’s hand in marriage to Shiva.’ After consulting his wife,…

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9) BIRTH OF KARTIKEYA

Lord Shiva and Parvati lived happily at Gandhamadan Mountain enjoying every bit of their conjugal life. Once it so happened that a small quantity of Shiva’s sperm fell on the ground while he was enjoying intimate moments with Parvati. As a result, tremendous amount of heat was generated and the…

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10) KARTIKEYA KILLS TARAKASUR

Lord  Shiva  assured  the  deities,  who  were  also  present  there  that  Tarakasur’s  days  were numbered. The deities’s army then proceeded towards the battlefield. On their way, the deities heard a heavenly voice–‘You can defeat the demons only if you fight under the leadership of Kartikeya.’ Now all  the deities  requested …

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11) VIRTUES OF OBSERVING FAST ON ‘SHIVARATRI’

Sage Lomesh eulogizes the virtues of Shivaratri in the following words–‘The fourteenth day of the dark half of a month is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and is famously known as ‘Shivaratri’. It destroys all the sins committed by a man. Sage Lomesh then narrated a tale, which…

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12) KARTIKEYA’S SORROW

While the deities hailed the glory of Kartikeya for having killed Tarakasur, Kartikeya himself was saddened by his act. He told the deities–‘I regret for having killed Tarakasur because he was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Is there any way to atone for my sin?’ Lord Vishnu consoled him—‘Killing…

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13) KILLING OF PRALAMB

A demon named Pralamb had escaped unharmed in the battle fought between the deities and demons. As the deities were busy installing Shivalingas at different places, Pralamb started to torment  their families  in  their absence.  The deities  got  this  information  from  Kumud  who appeared at the time when the deities…

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14) KALBHITI’S AUSTERE PENANCE

There is an amazing tale related with the birth of Kalbhiti. During ancient times there lived a sonless brahmin named Manti in Kashi. He did an austere penance to get a son. At last, lord Shiva became pleased by his devotion and appeared. Lord Shiva said–‘You will be blessed with…

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15) ARUNACHAL SHIVALINGA

Once, Sutji had gone to Naimisharanya. All the sages residing there asked him about the manifestation of Arunachal Shivalinga. Sutji recounted a tale when Sage Sanak had posed the same query to Lord Brahma — ‘Lord Brahma had told Sanak- Son, once Lord Vishnu and I witnessed an effulgent pillar….

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16) LORD SHIVA–THE SOVEREIGN CREATOR

The sages then asked Sutji how Lord Shiva had created the universe. Sutji replied—Lord Shiva commenced creation by his own will. Vishnu manifested from the left side of his body while Brahma from the right side. He then attributed the qualities of ‘Rajas’ and ‘Satva’ to Brahma and Vishnu respectively….

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17) EXECUTION OF SHUMBH NISHUMBH AND MAHISHASUR

The demons named Shumbh and Nishumbh had received boons from Brahma according to which no deity, demon or Man could kill him. Shumbh and Nishumbh became excessively arrogant and started tormenting the deities. All the deities including Lord Vishnu went to Lord Shiva and requested for his help. Lord Shiva…

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18) PARVATI RECEIVES ARUNCHALESHWAR’S GRACE

Goddess Durga then went to the place where goddess Parvati was still doing penance. She held Mahishasur’s  head  in  one  hand  and  a  sword  in  the  other.  Goddess  Parvati  said—‘O Vindhyavasini! You have accomplished an impossible act. If it were not for you I would not have been able to…

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