Devi Parvati desired to know from Maha Bhairava about the ‘Shubha prada, Punya prada and Paapa Vinashaka’ Maamalaka Kshetra where Maha Ganapati bestowed his immense blessings and boons to whosoever worshipped and prayed and have the devotees freed from their sins collected for long. Shrunu Devi pravakshyami Mamala kam shubham yasya darshana maatrena nashyante vighrnaashayah/ (Bhagavan Bhairava enlightened her that Maamalaka Linga Kshetra darshana was by itself would secure auspiciousness and root out all sins as that happened to be the seat of Vighna Nayaka). Samsthaapya Ganapam Devam dandakasya Muneswaram, Gatah khelanakaadurdhawam dandakasya muneswaram/ (Having kept the Idol of Ganesha near the two doors of the Mandir, apparently before formal installation, the Munis proceeded out for a while). Meanwhile, a party of Devas out of sheer curiosity sought to rush in the Temple and Ganesha objected Devas not to enter. Even then, Maha Deva at that time in Pataala Loka got furious and shouted against the concerned Devatas. Drushtwaa kroshaantameeshaaam Devo Ganapatistatwaran, Swayambhuh Sambhrayayutah paataalaadyutthitah/ As Ishaana shouted, Ganapati realised that the situation was getting out of control. Shiva appeared along with his ‘Parashu’and appeared at the spot; Maamevai pravadatyva Maha ganapatistadaa, Sarva Devaastu tacchaabdhe Bhuvalleenaahyaa samshayam/ (Since Ganapati Deva warned and used the word: ‘no, do not do so’, Devas got absorbed into Maha Deva). Yatah praleena Deveshu Ishware sacchidatmani, tathah sa pradhito graamo Maamukhyo jagatraye/ (That was why Devas got integrated into Maha Deva, this village became reputed as Maamalaka.) Maa maagacchata Deveshu bhayalleenaah Pare Shive, Tatah sa prokto Deveshi Graamo Maamala sanjnyakah/ ( Devatas reappeared subsequently but got scared away and were asked by Parameshwara to stay back; thus the Place came to be reputed as Mamalaka) Dushtwaa Ganapati trathaah Pataalaaaduddhitam Priye,Tadaa provaachatam Devam Ganesham Vai Shivah swayam/ (Devi! as Ganapati came in his full form from Patala Loka, Devas got scared again looking at Ganesha when Shiva appeased to them, asked Ganapati smilingly, and stated as folows) Yasmamaamne maameti shabdam twam krutwaachodaya chalah, Tasmaadatra chiram tishtha vighna samghaan prabhaashayah/ (Ganesha! You used the expression of ‘no, no’ and appeared yourself! Therefore, you now have to be here forever. And keep on removing the obstacles of bhaktas). Yah kaschinna maanave lokehyaatra twaam pujayishyati, Sarvaan Vighna naaninirvijatya siddhim samadhi gacchati/ (Whosoever in the world arrives here and worships you with faith would indeed fulfill his or her desires fulfilled, hurdles and hindrances smashed and secure victories) Sarvaanmaanavaapnoti Ganapati prasaadatah, Varshe Varshetuyah kaschinmaadhave maasenityashah/( During the Madhava Maasa or Vaishakha month, especially on Shukla Chaturdashi day, those who worship Ganesha with devotion and reverence would indeed be blessed with Karya siddhi or fulfillment of desires/ Vinayaka chaturdhyaam vaa pujayedyoga Ganeshwaram, Maameshwara sameepetu hyanantam phalamaapnuyaat/ (Significantly on Bhadrapada Shukla Vinaayaka Chaturthis, those devotees who perform Ganesha Puja would have the fruits of worship to Mameshwara and never have possible re-births again)/ Iti datwaa varam Devo Ganeshaya swayam Harah, Punyevai Dandakaaranye leeno Maamaashwaraakhyaya/ (Parmeshwara himself granted the blessing to Ganesha and along with Mameshwara got absorbed in the Dandakaranya). Drushtwaa Mameshwaram Lingam punye Mamalake Narah, Pujaitwaa Ganapati mashwamedha mavaapnuyaat/ (Those who worship Mameshwara Linga and then perform Ganapati Deva formally would be bestowed with the fruits of Horse sacrifice).Snaatwaa Mameshware kunde drushtwaa Mamala- kam Vibhum, Naro navipyate paapaih Padmapatramivaabhasaa/ (After duly taking bath in the Maameshwara Kunda and worship Mamalaka Vibhu, persons would never become like water drops on lotus leaf and disappear but stick on to the seat of eternity forever!) Swayambhuvam Ganapati Maamaleshwara sannidhou, yah pujayetparam bhaktyaa jyotishtomavaapnuyaat/ (Those who in the presence of Mameshwara Maha Lingeshwara, dutifully perform‘shodashopacharas’ or the traditional services viz.‘Aavahana-Snana-Asana-Vastra-Yagopaveeta-Gandha-Pushpa- Patra-Phala- Naivedya- Karpura Aarati-Mantra-Pradakshina- Sashtanga vandana-Gaana- Nritya- Kshamapana are bestowed with ‘tejomaya parama jyotiprakasha’ or an inner personality of unique splendor!) Vinaayakam cha Maamesham drushtwaa praapnoti pushkalam, Phalam cha Somayaagasya Naro niyama samyutah/ (Those Bhaktas, who execute worship as per ‘vidhi purva niyama’or with clean body and clean mind, would become eligible for having Soma Yagna phala). This confidential account of Maamakeshwara- Vighnesha episode is thus concluded and whoever reads- hears and digests it shall doubtless become freed from long stored sins of serious nature.
Sri V.D.N.Rao and Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
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