Maha Bhirava continued his narration of the significance of select Tirthas to Devi Parvati in the context of Amarnaadha Yatraa phala. Vaayunaa paribhutaascha Devaaste sharanam gataah, Deva Devam Maha Devam tushtuh parayaa giraa/ Devas headed by Indra approached Maha Deva to save them of the horrors caused by Vayu Daityas like Samirana. They invoked him and on his darshan, extolled him as follows: Namo Devaadhidevaaya Sharvaya Shambhavebhuve, Adimadhyanta shunyaaya Paraya Prabhavenamah, Namo Bhairava rupaya Bhimaaya Bhaya naashine, Bhayanakaaya Devaaya Munja mekhaline namah/ Namomrita swarupaaya Mrityurmrityu vinaashine, Kalaanidhi vibhushaaya Kaala rupaayate namah/ Shantaaya Shweta deaata shanti vaahaaye namah, Amareshaaya Devaaya bhuyo bhuyo namo namah/ Bhagavan Parameshawara replied: Shrutam mayaa purvameva baadhya daanavasya cha, Atraiva mathikam krutwaa tishthadwama vishankamaa/ (I am already aware that Daitya Danavas have been harassing and tormenting you; do not worry; you may stay here in peace for some time) Devas got emboldened by the assurance of Maha Deva; they improvised ‘mathika’or rock built shelters without the passing of winds: Mathikaasu cha Deveshaa kuroodhvam Vayu varjanam/ Ityam krutwaa tato Deva mathikaastatra prastaraih, Sthitaastatraiva Deveshi! Mathikaasu sukhaanvitaah/ Vaayuh shashaasa sumahan Daityah parama daarunah, Darshayaamaasa tadugram rupam daityam Purandarah/ (As assured by Maha Deva, Devas lived comfortably for some time in rock shelters with the least interaction of winds. Meanwhile gradually, Indra and Vaya Deva detected the Mahogra Swarupas or of grotesque and frightening forms of the Daityas). Drushtwaa Daitya mugrav rupamindro vajram samaadadhadhou, Ahasaddaanavam Devastatraiva Vayu varjane/ (Getting ready with his vajraayudha, Indra saw the monstrous Daitya and instantly exterminated him called Vayu Varjana) Vayu Varjana naamakhyam teertham bhutam Suraarchite, Anantam punyamaapnoti Vayu Varjana darshanaat/ (That specific spot where Vayu Varjana was annihilated by Indra became famed eventually and that Tirtha Darshana itself bestows Koti Punya Phala) Maha pataka yuktovaa yuktovaavopapatakaih, Muchyate patakoddhaara drushtwaavai Vayuvarjanam/ (At the very sight of this ‘Sthala’, Maha Patakas and Upa Patakas of Manavas are evaporated at once). Snaanas, jala grahana, tila daanas at this significant Tirtha go a long way in reaping innumerable fruits. Vau varjana deshetu krutwaa Shraaddhamatindratah, Pitarastripti -maayanti Shata kalpam na shamshayah/ (Those who execute shraaddha and tarpana karmas at this Vayu vrajana Kshetra with faith and dedication should undoubtedly please Pitru Devas through Kalpa kalaas and grant immense blessings) Mathikaam yena kurvanti tatraiva Vayu varjane, Daarunam Narakam yaanti Shatakalpa na shamshayah/ ( Contrarily, having visited this Kshetra one ought to build ‘Mathika nirmana’ lest the visitors would be cursed for hundreds of kalpa kaalaas). Yona kuryaan Mahadevi Snaanam daanam japam havih, Sa yaati Narakam ghoram tatteertham nishphalam phalam/ (Maha Devi! Those who arrive at the Vayu varjana Tirtha do not heed to perform snaana, daana, japa, homas should have to risk narakas and their Tirtha Yatras would turn out fruitless).
Sri V.D.N.Rao and Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
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