THE MATSYAMAHAPURANAM (TEXT IN DEVANAGRI TRANSLATION and NOTES IN ENGLISH VOLUME-I and 2)

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CONTENTS
PART I
CHAPTER
1.- Benediction. At the end of the ling sacrifice, Saunaka and other Risis engaged in holy conversation asked Suta, well versed in Pauranic lores the cause of the Lord assuming the form of a fish, how did Mahadeva become Bhairava and Purari and for what reason did he become a mendicant. At that Suta told Saunaka and other Risis the reason of the Lord assuming the form of a fish and the meeting of Matsya and Manu 1
2.- Then being ordained by the Lord, Manu tying his boat to the tentacles of the divine fish, using the serpent as rope, and saluting Janardana after the deluge was over, seated on the boat asked the Lord, who was in the form of the fish, the origin and the end of the Universe and the Laws of Gift and Sraddha and about the division of caste, etc. at that the Lord Narayana told him the origin of the Universe and its end 7
3.- Manu's question to Matsya as to how the Lord Brahma became four-faced and how did he create the Universe. Then the origin from brahma of the Veda and the origin of marichi, the ten mental ones, and the origin of Daksa, the ten corporal ones, as told by Matsya, and the appearance of the five faces of Brahma in order to see the beauty of Satarupa and the narration of the origin of Swayumbhu and others 11
4.- The description of the 1st Creation. Absence of sin on the part of Brahma by going to his own daughter. Manu's question to Matsya as to the Advisability of the marriage relations between Sagotras and their children. Matsya's answer to the effects that it does not tend to the welfare of mankind in discussing the propriety or otherwise of the actions and conduct of gods. Then Brahma, who was ashamed on account of this incestuous connection with his daughter, cursed Kamadeva that he should be ere long turned into ashes by Mahadeva and others in Satrupas. >From Vamadeva the origin of Brahmanas. Then the production of Priyavrata and Uttanapada in his wife Ananti by Manu of austere penance. From Uttanapada the birth of Dhruva by his wife Sunita. The attainment of the boon of getting a fixed place by Brahma as a result of his penances lasting for three thousand years. Dhrua produced a virtuous son in the daughter of Manu Dhanya. Sista produced Kripadi through Suchaya, daughter of Agni. The begetting of Daksa by the ten Prachetasa in Marisa, the daughter of Moon. Then the narration of the birth of 80 crores of beings. 16
5.- The description of the birth of gods and others. Then Daksa, seeing the final journey undertaken his thousand sons by advice of Narada, produced on Panchjavi. He produced another thousand sons known as Shavala. They, too, went the path of their brothers at Narada's instigations. Then after that he produced sixty daughters and gave then to Dharma and others. Then the birth of Kartikeya in the clumps of reed. And the description of the birth of all the different gods from those girls. 22
6.- The description of Kasyapa's family 25
7.- The birth of sons of Ditis known as Marutas. There at Siawant-panchak, on the banks of Saraswati, Diti, whose sons were killed practising austere penances, in order to get sons performed in Lord Kasyapa appeared and offered her a boon. At that Diti asked for sons who would be killers of Indra and afflictors of all devas. Kasyapa, too. According to his vow, gave her the desired boon. Indra, hearing about Kasyapa's boon to Diti, feigning to serve her mother and finding a loop-hole, viz., that she went to sleep without washing her feet, entered the womb of Diti and cut her son by vajra into seven parts and again cut each of those parts into seven parts. Then determining that, by the virtue of the greatness of Krisna puja, she cannot be killed, appeased the awakened mother, saying 'Don't weep.' Let the Marutas become the participators of sacrifice and taking Diti on an aerial car went to Heaven along with Maruta and others. 29
8.- Treats of the anointment for kingship. Then Brahma, in the sovereignty of the earth, made Chandrama the lord of medicinal herbs, sacrifices, fasts and penances; Varuna of waters; Kubera of wealth; Visnu of all suns; fire of all vasus; Daksa of, prajapati; Indra of wind; Prahlada of demons; Yama of manes; Siva of demons and others; the Himalayas of mountains; the Ocean of waters; Chitraratha of gandharvas and others; Vasuka of serpents; Taksaka of other snakes; the Lion of other beasts; the Bull of the cows; and the Trees of the herbs. The devas Sadharma, Sankhapada, Ketumana and Hiranyaromana were made kings of all four directions, east, south, west and north respectively. They still protect the universe by ruling over the directions by destroying the enemies 37
9.- The description of Manvantara. The order of names of those son 38
10.- The description of Vena family. As Vena, the son of Sunetha, the daughter of Mrityu of anga Prajapati, was engaged in sinful deeds, the sages in order to bring about law and order approached him, but when the king did not pay heed to their counsel they killed him by their curse and being afraid of anarchy, the sinless Brahmanas churned his body by force. By churning his body the portion of evil qualities of his mother; and from the portion of his father appeared the right hand with great difficulty a most brilliant heavenly figure armed with bow and arrow and club of the name of Prithu. Being anointed by the Brahmanas he practised severe austerities and by the blessings of Vishnu became most powerful. Seeing the earth devoid of all righteous deeds Prithu prepared himself to burn her by his anger and who trembling took the form of a cow and began to run. She stopped and asked what to do. The king making Swayambhu Manu as the calf milked the cow with his own hands of the desired-for grains for all the world, moving or fixed. Then the description of how the sages milked the earth using the moon as the calf. 41
11.- The description of the meeting of Budha in the history o the lunar and solar races. Rajni, the daughter of Vivaswat a Raivat a brought forth Raivata, Prabha gave birth to Prabhat, Samjui, the daughter of Visvakarma, became the mother of Manu. She also gave birth to Yama and Yamuna, who were twins. Then Samjni, unable to bear the power of the Sun, producing one lady from her body known as Chhaya and directing her to stay near him went a way elsewhere. The sun mistaking her to be Samjna satisfied his desires. He produced from her Savarni Manu of the same Varna and Sani and Tapati and visti. Then Yama seeing that she pays more attention to her sons becoming angry threw a kick on his mother. Learning from the lips of twastra hat this is Chhaya and hearing "Samjna came to was in the form of Vadawa, uncalled and stayed in the country of Maru he being passionate going there in the form of a horse enjoyed with her. Samjna doubting that he was some one else threw his semen through her nostrils. The two Asirnis were born out or that seed. Vaivasata Many had ten powerful sons, Ikswaku and others, out of whom Ila, in order to win the, whose earth, visited all the countries and reached the garden of Sambhu and was transformed into a women by the curse of Siva. Budha, the son of the Moon, looks at her while wandering in the forest and desires to marry. She, too, lived with him for long.

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12.- The brothers of Ila set out in search of the king and reaching the hermitage of Budha aw the horse; "the splendour of the Meru" turned into a mare, and hearing the cause from the lips of Vasistha began to please Siva. The Lord Siva said that if the Ikswaku performed the sacrifice and Ila became a Kimpurusa. For one month assuming the form of a woman and for another that of man and staying in the house of Budha, Ila became pregnant. Pururava became the increaser of the lunar dynasty. Ila came to be called Sudumna after Kimprusa and from her were born three sons Utkala and others. He crowning Pururava in Pratisthana went to Ilavrita to enjoy the glory of the race of the sun 52
13.- The description of the family of Vairaja Pitris. In those regions there were a group of three incorporeal and four corporeal beings. The Virajass disturbed in their Yoga practices attained Sanatana (old) regions and at the end of Brahma's day will again become Brahmvadins. They having attained Sankhya-Yoga obtained success in which there is no possibility of rebirth. Then follows the account that yogis should be fed by offerers at sraddha. Then follows the narration of the birth of two sons of Menaka and Krauncha of Himalaya born of Manasis daughter of the Pitris and of Mena three daughters were born, Uma, Ekaparna and Aparna, who were devoted to the practices of Yoga and repectively married to Rudra, Sita and Jaigisavya. Then in the sacrifice of Daksa his daughter sati not finding her husband invited among the hosts of gods asked why her husband was not called, was answered by Daksa that he was not considered worthy of being invited in the sacrifice as he is the source of all evil being, the author of destruction. Hearing that , out of anger desirous of destroying the body which she owed to him and cursing him, " You will be the only son of ten Pitris and as a Ksattriya you will obtain destruction at the hand of Rudra in a horse sacrifice." Having reconrse to Yogic power she consumed herself through her own Fire and daksa approaching her said "What is this"? "Re pleased" O omniscient one you should not leave me." Thus requested by Daksa she said. " What I have after our sacrifice is destroyed by Siva in order to please me you will be born of the ten Prajapatis and then out of my parts sixty daughters will be born to you." She then said to Daksa "By practising penance near me you will visit the several manifestations named Visalaksi and 107 others in 108 places such as Varanasi, etc., and by this you will obtain excellent Yoga, Then follows the 108 names o Gauri 57
14.- The description of the family of Agnisvatta Pitris. Then the birth of Amavasya (New Moon). Achhoda, the daughter of the Pitris practising penance for a thousand divine years saw the Pitris come to her for granting her boon being pleased with her penance and being overcome by passion desired Amavasya. Fallen from her penance by this sinful desire and being ashamed and with her face downcast desired all the Pitris. The Pitris thus solieited granted her boons in these words. "Acting unlike the scion of a Pitri, you will be born in the world of the mortals as the daughter of the King Vasu and Marrying Parasara you will get a son named Badrayana. He will divide on e Veda into several parts, and bearing two Ksetraja sons Chitraugada and Vichitravirya, to king Santanu, a part of the sea and of the family of Purus. You will be known as Prausthapadi astaki in the Pitri loka and Satyavati on earth 63
15.- The description of the family of Barhisa Pitris. Then their daughter named Pivari while practising penance seeing the Lord who being pleased had come to her to offer a boon wanted a husband who would be possessed of Yoga, beauty and able to curb his passions. Then the Lord granted her a boon in these words "Suka, master of Yoga, son of Vyasa will be your husband and from him you will get a daughter, named Kritvi possessed of Yogic virtues, and will be the wife of the King of the Panchala, and the mother of Brahmadatta. Krisna, Gaura, Prabhu and Sambhu will be your sons, you will obtain Moksa with your husband after giving birth to these children." In the solar world there are the regions called Marichigarbhas where reside the Havismawas, the Pitris of kings. Or these Ksatriya Pitris, Yasoda was the Manasa daughter, she was the wife of Amsumana, who was the son of Panchajana. She became famous as the mother of Dilipa and grandmother of Bhagiratha. The description of the Pitris runs on. Then the description of silver plates, etc., which the Pitris were fond of. Then the mention of Masur, hemp and black mustard, etc., which are to be avoided in a sraddha. 65
16.- The ceremony of sraddha. Then Manu, hearing the description of the Pitris, asked Kesava : "On what day, how and when the sraddha is to be performed and what are the different kinds, what Brahmanas are to be fed and what are to be avoided on the sraddha day" Then the description of the duties to be performed and rules to be observed by the performers of sraddha and the guests to be fed according to Matsya. Then an account of the distribution of the balls of rice to goat, cows and Brahmanas. 69
17.- Then the account of general auspicious ceremonies. Then the particular days and kind of sraddha to be performed. Then the various rices and the flesh of the different animals which please the manes and the period of times. Moreover which different portions of the Veda to be recited at the time. Moreover which different portions of the Veda to be recited at the time of feasting in sraddha. Then the right to the sraddha ceremonies of those who are not invested with the sacred thread. In this sraddha the worship of the Pitris to follow that of the Matris, and barley is to be used instead of sesame. Then the description of the rights of Sudras by the fruition of all their desires is obtained through gift 76
18.- The description of Sapindikarana. Then the narration of asaucha of the four castes. Then the description of the duties beginning from the first day until the Sapindikarana ceremony. Then the account of Lepa and Bhakta Sapindaship 84
19.- Then description of the fruition of the different sraddha. How are the havyas and kavyas to be offered what Brahmana reach what Pitris in the region of Death. Also the mention of the merits obtained by the performers of sraddha 87
20.- The account of the ridicule of the ant in connection with the merit of sraddha 89
21.- The description of the greatness of Pitris in connection with the performance of sraddha. Then in that town they were born as the sons of Sudaridra, the Brahmana and they though of practising penance. Then Sudaridra prevented them by saying that to go out to the forest leaving an aged father behind was no virtue. Then the narration by the sons of their former births. Then the departure of the sons to the forest and the arrival of Sudaridra to the place. Then the worship o Visnu by Vibhraja, who was solicitous of getting a son. Then Vibhraja obtains a boon from the Lord. Then the arrival of Brahmadatta, the son, at the place where the ants were united. Then, at Brahmadatta's remembrance of the Lord to put an end to the quarrel which had ensued, and finding of the Lord in a dream. Meeting with the old Brahmana next morning and in course of their mutual conversation his remembrance of their mutual conversation his remembrance of their former birth. Repenting for his fall from yoga, giving that Brahmana some gift, he dismissed him. Then the installation of Visvaksen, his son on the throne, meeting of all at Manasa. Then mention o the merits of hearing the recital of the Pitris. 92
22.- The end of the description of sraddha. Narration of the time of doing sraddha and the result of doing sraddha at the proper time. Accounts of the greatness of Gaya and other holy places and also about the gods. Description of Naimisa forest, also the result of performing sraddha on the banks of Sarayu, Iravati, Yamuna, Chandrabhaga and Venumati. The narration of the greatness of other holy rivers and accounts of gods, also signs of the time. Showing the production of kusa and black sesamun from the body of Visnu, also the result of hearing and reading of the greatness of holy places 96
23.- The account of the fault of the Moon in the narration of the lunar dynasty. Then the description of the birth of the moon, his gaining superiority over the Brahmanas. Description of the Moon getting a boon from Visnu. In the Rajasuya sacrifices performed by the Moon Brahma and other gods became priests. After the conclusion of the sacrificial bath, desirous of seeing the Moon's face Laksmi and other new goddesses forsaking their respective husbands adored the Moon. Account of the fault of the Moon, and the description of Tara, also an account of the battle between the Moon and Siva. The meeting of Tara and Brihaspati 103
24.- Beginning of the story of Yayati. Then the birth of Budha from Tara. Then the god's question put to Tara "Whose son is this?" On being answered that he was from the Moon, the latter accepted him. 108
25.- Kacha obtains the knowledge of the elixir of life. Kacha goes to Sukra in order to obtain the knowledge of the elixir of life by the order of Indra and others. Out of spite for Kacha, and in order to protect themselves, the demons killed Kacha, who was grazing the cows, and gave its corpse to wolves and jackals. Sukra brought him to life and Kacha told him with a bow that he was killed by the demons. Then, again, he was killed while gathering flowers and again came to life by tearing the stomach. Kacha learns from Sukra the knowledge of restoring one to life. Narration of the faults of Brahmanas taking wine. 115
26.- Both Kacha and Devayani curse each other. Then a debate between Kacha and Devayani. Devayani curses "You shall never accomplish this knowledge of sanjivani." Kacha curses "No son of a risi will accept you as his wife." Kacha goes to heaven. 122
27.- Quarrel between Sarmistha and Devayani. Sarmistha puts on Devayani's dress. She throws Devayani into a well. Meeting of Nahusa and Devayani and her rescue from the well. When Yayati has gone, Devayani speaks to Ghurnika. Ghurnika communication the history of forest to Sukra. Sukra comes to forest. Conversation between Sarmistha and Sukra. 125
28.- Talks between Sukra and Devayani Sukra counsels Devayani, but she refuses his advice. 129
29.- Slavery of Sarmistha to Devayani. Kavya goes to Vrisaparvan and abuses him. Vrisaparvan says to Sukra as you are going away leaving us, then I shall throw myself into the ocean. Sukra replies "whether you enter the ocean or not, I cannot tolerate the insult to my daughter, so try to please my daughter." Conversation between Devayani and Vrisaparvan. Devayani enslaved to Sarmistha. Then Sukra goes to the capital with Devayani. 130
30.- Devayani's marriage. In this connection she goes to the forest with a thousand of her maids for sporting. Yayati comes then. Their mutual conversation. Devayani's prayer to Yayati: "Please make me your wife." Devayani is given away to Yayati by Sukra. Yayati enters the house. 133
Meeting of Yayati and Sarmistha. Yayati lives in Asoka grove making sarmistha, the daughter of Vrisaparvana, one of his thousand-maind servants, at the instance of Devayani. Devayani gets a so Conversation between Sarmistha and Yayati in the Asoka grove. Mention of the sons of wife's maid servants as no heir. Yayati gets a son from 'Sarmistha. 138
32.-Sukra curses Yayati. Conversation between Sarmistha and Yayati. Yadu and Turvasu, sons of yayati, born of Devayani. The meeting between Devayani and Sarmistha. Yayati and Devayani go to Sukra. Sukra cursed Yayati that he would be at once stricken with decrepit old age. The removal of the curse to Yayati who sought the protection of Sukra. 140
33.- Puru agrees to take upon himself his father's senility. When Yadu did not consent to take upon himself his father's senility, Yayati cursed him, "You will be childless." Then Yayati curses Turvasu who is reluctant to take upon himself his father's decrepit old age. A like curse to Druhya, the second son, and Anu, the third son. The fourth, Puru, accepts his father's old age. 145
34.- Puru installed on the throne. Yayati rules the country righteously on the removal of his old age. The endowment of youth from Puru. Yayati transfers the kingdom to Puru and goes out to the forest in the company of Brahmanas. 147
35.- Yayati ascends heaven. His fall. His return to Heaven in company with King Vasumat. 150
36.- Conversation between Indra and Yayati. Narration to Indra of the instructions imparted to Puru. 151
37.- Astaka speaks to Yayati when he drops from heaven on the termination of his merits. Dialogue between Indra and Yayati and description of master. 153
38.- Dialogue between Astaka and Yayati. Yayati speaks to Jastaka about Vedanta. Descriptions of the enjoyments he had. 155
39.- Advice to Yayati. Astaka asks Yayati why did he come to enjoy the world while he was living in Paradise. Yayati's reply. Account of the origin of body. Getting a meritorious life through merits and a sinful life through sins. Account of penance and charity as means of attaining heaven. 158
40.-Yayati's account of different Asramas. Distinctive features of Munis 162
41.- Yayati's refusal to ascend heaven through the merits of others. Account of the various regions of heaven. Dialogue between Pratardana and Yayati. 165
42.- Salvation of Yayati. Dialogne between Yayati, Vasumala and others
43.- Description of the glory of Yadu. Kartavirya asks four boons from Datta. Pacifying the ocean by his thousand arms. Confinement of Ravana in Mahismati. Curse against Arjuna. Description of 100 sons of Kartavirya of whom five were warriors. The fruit of uttering the birth of Kartavirya. 172
44.- The story of Kartavirya and others. Aditya comes to Kartavirya in the form of a Brahmana. Kartavirya gives food to him. Apava enters water. Description of the dynasty of King Krostu and Vidrbha. Chaitra became the wife of Jayamagha. Jayamagha, having no sons, got a victory in war. Then getting the daughter said to the queen through hear of her that she was a daughter-in-law. Then in due course she got a son Vidarbha by name. The fruit of uttering the description of the dynasty of Andhaka. 177
45.- Beginning of the dynasty of Vrisni. Description of the Syamantak jewel. Acceptance of Satyabhama my Krisna. Description of Animitra dynasty. 184
46.- Description of Vrisni dynasty. The birth of the Pandavas. 188
47.- Sukra's curse on Asuras. The birth of Sri Krisna. The names of 16,000 wives and sons. The description of Nrisimha and other avatars. Sankara born to Bhargava for his austerities. Sukra's praise of Mahadeva. Meeting of Jayanti and Sukra. Brihaspati's deception of the Asuras in disguise of Kavya. Prahlada's narration before Sukra of the boon given by Lord. The description of the doings of Deva and Asura. 190
48.- The description of the dynasty of Turvasu and its followers. Birth of Anga. Meeting of Dirghatama and Bali. The description of the family of Angas. Birth of Karna. 216
49.- Description of the family of Purus. Birth of Bharadvaja from Brihaspati. Description of the Brihatksatra family. Account of the origin of Ugranyudha. Account of the dynasty of Ajamida. 226
50.- Continuation of the description of the family of Puru and of the Ajamida family in this connection. Birth of Jarasandha. Description of Apadhyata and Devapi. Description of Santanu. Birth of Devavrata fro Santanu and Jahnavi. Birth of the progeny by Krisnadvaipayana on the wife of Chitravirya. Description of the curse of Vaisampayana to Pariksit and of the future family of Adhisoma Krisna. 233
51.- Account of the family of Agni. The origin of Agni and its various names. The origin of Dhisnu. 241
52.- The greatness of yoga. The excellence of Karmayoga over Jnanayoga. Ceremony of pancha yajna. One endowed with the 22 Propitious marks if without the qualities of self has no right to Moksa. The qualities of Self.
53.- The precedence of Puranas. Their number. The merit of making the gift of a Purana. Tho characteristic feature of a Purana. The distinctive marks of the excellent Puranas. The fruit of reading and hearing the precedence of the Puranas. 249
54.- The vow of Naksatra Purusa. The fruits of that vow 258
55.- The vow of Aditya Sayana and its fruit. This vow was observed even by Vasistha and others 262
56.- The vow of Krisnastami. In what month Siva is to be worshipped by what name. One fasting on Krisnastami day is worshipped in the regions of "Siva being revered by the gods for 2,100 266
57.- The vow of Rohini Chandra Sayana. Discourse between the Lord and Narada. The rules for the performance of the different vows. The fruit of the vow 268
58.- The rules about tanks. The dimensions of sacrificial posts. The fruit of staying in the water in the rainy days 271
59.- The process of consecrating a tree. Attaining of svarga by planting trees. 278
60.- The ordinance of Saubhagya Sayan. Description of Saubhagya Astaka. The various ways of worship by married women 280
61.- Birth of Agastya. Process of his worship. Dialogue between Narada and Mahesvara. Birth of Agastya by the curse of Indra on fire and water 286
62.- Vow of Ananta Tritiya. The various ways. The fruits of vows 292
63.- The ordinance of Rasakalyani tritiya. In the month of magha salt must be given up. The narration of the fruit of a thousand agnistoma by giving golden lotuses. 297
64.- The vow of Ardranandakari Tritiya- The various ways of worshiping the goddess along with Siva 300
65.- Vow of Aksaya Tritiya. Its result 304
66.- The vow of Sarasvata Description of Astatava. The process of vow and its fruit 305
67.- The Method of bathing in Solar and Lunar Eclipses 307
68.- The ordinance of bathing on Saptami. The process of ablution for the prevention from death of infants and young men. The method of the ritual and its fruits. 310
69.- Vow of Bhimadvadasi. The method and its fruit 315
70.- Vow of Anangadana. Women question Dalabhya the duties of protiutes. The method of worshipping Kama. 321
71.- The vow of Asunyasayanadvitiya. The vow to be performed to expiate sin if anybody goes to another wife either through cupidity or arrogance. It method 328
72.- The vow of Angaraka. Dialogue between Pipplada and Yudhisthira. The discourse between Virochana and Bhargava. Birth of Virbhadra from the sweet of Mahadeva who was enraged and about to destroy the sacrifice of Daksa. After destroying the sacrifice when Virabhadra was going to annihilate the world he was prevented. He became the planet Mars. The process of this vow 330
73.- The method of worshipping Brihaspati and Sukra 336
74.- The vow of Kalyana Saptami. The worship is to be performed by calling the sun by different names according to the quarters East, etc. the process and its fruit. 337
75.- The Visoka Saptami vow-Its method 340
76.- The Phala Saptami vow-Its method 341
77.- The vow of Sarkara Saptami-Its method 343
78.- The vow of Kamala Saptami. Its method 345
79.- The vow of Mandara Saptami.- Its method 346
80.- The vow of Subha Saptami-Its method and the worship of a milch cow 348
81.- The vow of Visoka Dvadasi.- Its method and worship of Laksmi 353
82.- The Gift of Gudadhenu in the vow of Visoka Dvadasi and symbolical images of cows. The preparation of the dhenu and its presentation 353
83.- The greatness of charity. Discourse between Narada and Sambhu. The description of ten mountains such as hill of Dhanyasaila, hill of gold. Praise of food. 357
84.- The description of salt hill.-Its presentation 362
85.- The description of the hill of raw sugar-The method of presenting it 363
86.- The description of the mountain of gold. Its presentation 364
87.- The mountain of tila.-Its origin from the body of Visnu and the method of giving that away 365
88.- The description of gift of the mountain of cotton. The fruit of presenting it. 366
89.- The mountain of Ghrita. The process of making the git and the origin of Ghrits 366
90.- The mountain of gems. The process of giving that away 368
91.- Mountains of silver. - The mountains to be made after the shape of Visnu, Brahma, or the Sun 369
92.- Greatness of giving a mountain of Sugar and the story of Lilavati, the prostitute 370
93.- The method of performing the homa Santi ceremony of the 9 planets. What particular offerings of raw sugar, cooked rice, etc., to what particular planets. The measure of fuel. The discription reservoirs for a homa with tea million offerings 374
94.- Description of the form of the nine planets 392
95.- The vow of Siva Chaturdasi. Discourse between Narada and Nandikesvara. The method of worshipping Siva. The fruit of reading and hearing the story of the vow 394
96.- The greatness of giving up all fruits. The time when this vrata is to commence and the process of doing it. 398
97.- The Sunday ordinance. The way of worshipping Sunday, and its fruits. 403
98.- The process of bringing Sankranti to a close. The fruit of hearing and reading it 404
99.- The ordinance of Visnu. The method of Vibhuti Dvadasi Vrat 406
100.- The continuation of the ordinances of Visnu. Discourse between Puspavahana and Prachetasa 408
101.- The greatness of "Sasthi vrata (60 ordinances). The narration of gods in each vrata. The fruits of each 413
102.- The fruit and the process of taking bath. The narration of the number of tirthas. The process of giving water to the manes and bathing the body in order to obtain Heaven. The process of offering water to the Sun 423
103.- The greatness of Prayaga. Markandeya goes to Hastinapur 427
104.- Showing the greatness of Prayaga. The fruits of remembering Prayaga 429
105.- The result of dying at Prayaga. The greatness of the gift of the pale-red milch cow 432
106.- The difference between the result and action at Prayaga 434
107.- The different actions in the greatness of Prayaga. The greatness of Manasa Tirtha. The holy place on the north of Yamuna and south of Prayaga where all debts are discharged. 439
108.- The fruit of fasting at Prayaga. Dialogue between Yudhisthira and Markandeya. The greatness of Yamuna 441
109.- The sacredness of Prayaga among holy places. The narration of Somatirtha 445
110.- The greatness of Prayaga among all the tirthas-its praise 448
111.- End of the greatness of Pr