Skanda Purana

Skanda Purana | Briefly About Skanda Purana

The Skanda Purana is the largest Mukhyapurana, a genre of eighteen Hindu religious texts.

The text contains over 81,000 verses and is of Kaumara literature, titled after Skanda, a son of Shiva and Parvati.

The Skanda Purana is written in the voice of Kartikeya (Skanda), the Hindu god of war and the son of Shiva.

Not just about Kartikeya, but you will also find the story of destroying Tarakasura in Skanda Purana.

Not just limited to Lord Shiva or his son Kartekiye, the Skanda Purana also depicts various stories of women, the pilgrimage sites like Ayodhya, Kanyakumari, Badrikashram, Jagannathpuri, Rameshwar, Dwarka, Kashi, Kanchi and Shakambhari etc.

Interestingly, there are stories of the origin of rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Narmada, etc. in Skanda Purana.

When it comes to Puranas, there are a total of 18 such different Puranas and Skanda Purana, which is also known as Mahapuran and ranks 13th among the list of Puranas.

What is the story of Skanda?

Agni, at the behest of Brahma and Indra, consumed the virya (semen) of Siva and, being unable to bear the heat, left it in the river Ganga.

Ganga also could not stand the heat and left Siva’s virya in a white brilliant thicket of reeds.

Skanda, the divine child with six heads and twelve arms was born there instantly.

Who is the author of Skanda Purana?

Like Others, Skanda Purana or the Mahāpurāṇa is attributed to the sage Vyasa.

What is the significance of Skanda Purana?

In Skanda Purana, there is a description of the glory of Lord Shiva in such a way that you can quickly please and get blessings from Lord Shiva by reading its verses and story. Prominently, it also describes the origin of the 12 Jyotirlingas.

The importance of the Pradosha fast has been told in Skanda Purana. By observing this fast it is believed that all wishes are fulfilled.

Skanda Purana, also known as Kanda Puranam (a Tamil version of Skanda Purana), holds a massive resource of in-depth knowledge and discusses religion, yoga as well as devotion.

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