SHRIMAD DEVI BHAGAVATAM | BOOK 12 CHAPTER 12

THE TWELFTH BOOK

Chapter XII

On the description of Maṇi Dvīpa

1-17. Vyāsa said:

O King Janamejaya! The Ratnagriha, above mentioned, is the Central, the Chief and the Crowning Place of Mūla Prakriti.

[The nine jewels are (1) Muktā, (2) Māṇikya, (3) Vaidūrya, (4) Gomeda, (5) Vajra, (6) Vidrumā, (7) Padmarāga, (8) Marakata, and (9) Nīla.]

This is situated in the centre of all the enclosures. Within this there are the four Maṇḍapas, i.e., halls built of one thousand (i. e., innumerable) pillars.

These are the Śringāra Maṇḍapa, Mukti Maṇḍapa, Jñāna Maṇḍapa and Ekāṅta Maṇḍapa; on the top there are canopies of various colours; within are many scented articles scented by the Dhūpas, etc. The brilliance of each of these is like that of one Koṭi Suns.

On all sides of these four Maṇḍapas there are nice groups of gardens of Kaśmīra, Mallikā, and Kuṇḍa flowers. Various scents, and scented articles, for example, of musk, etc., are fully arranged in due order.

There is a very big lotus tank here; the steps leading to it are built of jewels. Its water is nectar, on it are innumerable full-blown lotuses and the bees are humming always over them.

Many birds, swans, Kāraṇḍavas, etc., are swimming to and fro. The sweet scents of lotuses are playing all round. In fact, the whole Manidvīpa is perfumed with various scented things.

Within the Śringāra Maṇḍapa, the Devī Bhagavatī is situated in the centre on an Āsana (seat) and She hears the songs sung in tune by the other Devīs along with the other Devas.

Similarly sitting on the Mukti Maṇḍapa, She frees the Jīvas from the bondages of the world. Sitting on the Jñāna Maṇḍapa, She gives instructions on Jñāna, and sitting on the fourth Ekāṅta Maṇḍapa, She consults with Her ministers, the Sakhīs, Ananga Kusumā, etc., on the creation, preservation, etc., of the universe.

O King! Now I shall describe about the main, Khās, room of Śrī Devī. Listen.

The Khās Mahāl palace of the Devī Bhagavatī is named Śrī Chintāmaṇi Griha. Within this is placed the raised platform, the stage and sofa whereon the Devī takes Her honourable seat.

The ten Śaktī-tattvas form the staircases. The four legs are (1) Brahmā, (2) Viṣṇu, (3) Rudra, and (4) Mahēśvara.

Sadāśiva forms the upper covering plank. Over this Śrī Bhuvaneśvara Mahā Deva or the Supreme Architect of the Universe is reigning.

Now hear something about this Bhuvaneśvara. Before creation while intending to sport, the Devī Bhagavatī divided Her Body into two parts and from the right part created Bhuvaneśvara.

He has five faces and each face has three eyes. He has four hands and He is holding in each hand speer, signs indicating do not fear, axe, and signs granting boons.

He looks sixteen years old. The lustre of His Body is more beautiful then Koṭi Kandarpas and more fiery than thousand Suns; and at the same time cool like Koṭi Suns.

His colour is crystal white, and on His left lap Śrī Bhuvaneśvarī Devī is always sitting.

18-29. On the hip of Śrī Bhuvaneśvarī, is shining the girdle with small tinkling bells, built of various jewels; the ornaments on the arms are made of burnished gold studded with Vaidūryamaṇi;

the Tāṭanka ornaments on Her ears are very beautiful like Śrīchakra and they enhance very much the beauty of Her lotus face. The beauty of Her forehead vies with, or defies the Moon of the eighth bright lunar day.

Her lips challenge the fully ripened Bimba fruits. Her face is shining with the Tilaka mark made of musk and saffron.

The divine crown on Her head is beautified with the Sun and Moon made of jewels; the nose ornaments are like the star Venus and built of transparent gems, looking exceedingly beautiful and shedding charming lustre all around.

The neck is decorated with necklaces built of gems and jewels. Her breasts are nicely decorated with camphor and saffron. Her neck is shining like a conch-shell decorated with artistic designs.

Her teeth look like fully ripe pomegranate fruits. On Her head is shining the jewel crown. Her lotus face is beautified with alakā as if these are mad bees. Her navel is beautiful like the whirls in the river Bhagirathi; Her fingers are decorated with jewel rings;

She has three eyes like lotus leaves; the lustre of Her body is bright like Padmarāgamaṇi cut and carved and sharpened on stone. The bracelets are adorned with jewel tinkling bells;

Her neck ornaments and medals are studded with gems and jewels. Her hands are resplendent with the lustre of the jewels on the fingers; the braid of hair on Her head is wreathed with a garland of Mallikā flowers; Her bodice (short jacket) is studded with various jewels.

30-45. O King! Śrī Devī is slightly bent down with the weight of Her very high hard breasts. She has four hands and She is holding noose, goad and signs granting boons and “do not fear.”

The all beautiful all merciful Devī is full of love gestures and beauties. Her voice is sweeter than that of lute; the lustre of Her body is like Koṭis and Koṭis of Suns and Moons if they rise simultaneously on the sky.

The Sakhīs, attendants, the Devas and the Devīs surround Her on all sides.

Ichchā Śaktī, Jñāna Śaktī, and Kriya Śaktī all are present always before the Devī.

Lajjā, Tuṣṭi, Puṣṭi, Kīrti, Kānti, Kṣamā, Dayā, Buddhi, Medhā, Smriti, and Lakṣmī are always seen here incarnate in their due Forms.

The nine Pīṭha Śaktis, Jayā, Vijayā, Ajitā, Aparājitā, Nityā, Vilāsinī, Dogdhrī, Aghorā, and Mangalā reside here always and are in the service of the Devī Bhuvaneśvarī.

On the side of the Devī are the two oceans of treasures; from these streams of Navaratna, gold, and seven Dhātus (elements) go out and assume the forms of rivers and fall into the ocean Sudhā Sindhu.

Because such a Devī Bhuvaneśvarī, resplendent with all powers and prosperities, sits on the left lap of Bhuvaneśvara, that He has, no doubt acquired His omnipotence.

O King! Now I will describe the dimensions of the Chintāmaṇi Griha. Listen.

It is one thousand Yojanas wide; its centre is very big; the rooms situated further and further are twice those preceding them. It lies in Antarīkṣa (the intervening space) without any support.

At the times of dissolution and creation it contracts and expands like a cloth. The lustre of this Chintāmaṇi Griha is comparatively far more bright and beautiful than that of other enclosure walls.

Śrī Devī Bhagavatī dwells always in this place.

O King! All the great Bhaktas of the Devī in every Brahmāṇḍa, in the Devaloka, in Nāgaloka, in the world of men or in any other loka, all those that were engaged in the meditation of the Devī in the sacred places of the Devī and when they die there, they all come here and reside with the Devī in great joy and festivity.

46-59. On all sides rivers are flowing; some of ghee, some of milk, curd, honey, nectar, pomegranate juice, Jāmbū juice, and some of mango juice, sugarcane juices are flowing on all sides.

The trees here yield fruits according to one’s desires and the wells and tanks yield water also as people desire.

Never is there any want felt here of anything. Never are seen here diseases, sorrow, old age, decrepitude, anxiety, anger, jealousy, and envy and other lower ideas.

All the inhabitants of this place are full of youth and look like one thousand Suns. All enjoy with their wives and they worship Śrī Bhuvaneśvarī.

Some have attained Sālokya, some Sāmīpya, some Sārūpya and some have attained Sārṣṭi and pass their days in highest comfort. The Devas that are in every Brahmāṇḍa all live here and worship Śrī Devī.

The seven Koṭi Mahā Mantras and Mahā Vidyās here assume forms and worship the Mahā Māyā Śrī Bhagavatī, Who is of the nature of Brahmā.

O King! Thus I have described to you all about this Manidvīpa. The lustre of Sun, Moon and Koṭis and Koṭis of lightnings cannot be one Koṭieth of one Koṭi part of Its lustre.

At some places the lustre is like Vidrumā maṇi; some places as are illumined like the lustre of Marakata Mani; some, like Sūrya Kāntā maṇi and some places are rendered brilliant like Koṭis and Koṭis of lightnings.

The light at some places is like Sindūra; at some places like Indranīlamaṇi; at some places, like Māṇikya, and at some places like diamond.

Some places are blazing like the conflagration of fire; and some places look like molten gold; some places seem filled with the lustre of Chandrakānta maṇi, and some places look brilliant like Sūryakāntamaṇi.

60-73. The Mountains here are all built of gems and jewels; the entrance gates and enclosures are built of gems and jewels; the trees and their leaves all are of gems; in fact all that exist here are all of gems and jewels.

At some places numbers of peacocks are dancing; at some places cuckoos are captivating the minds of persons by cooing in the fifth tune and at others doves and pigeons and parrots are making sweet cackling sounds.

Lakhs and lakhs of tanks are there with their pure crystal-like waters. The Red lotuses have blown fully and enhanced the beauty of the place. The captivating scents of these lotuses extend to a distance one hundred Yojanas all round and gladden the minds of people. The leafs are rustling with gentle breeze.

The whole sky overhead is radiant with the lustre of Chintāmaṇi gems and jewels. All the sides are illuminated with the brilliancy of the gems and jewels.

O King! These jewels act like lamps. And the sweet scented trees emit their flagrance and it is transmitted by breeze all around. Thus these trees serve the purpose of dhūp (scent). The rays of these gems pierce through the openings of the jewel screens on the houses and fall on the mirrors inside, thus causing a nice brilliant appearance that captivates the mind and causes confusion.

O King! And what shall I say of this place, more than this, that all the powers, and wealth, all the love sentiments, all the dress suited to amorous interviews, all the splendours, fire, energy, beauty and brilliance, the omniscience, the indomitable strength, all the excellent qualities and all mercy and kindness are present here!

The All Comprehending Bliss and the Brahmānanda can always be witnessed here!

O King! Thus I have described to you about the Maṇidvīpa, the most exalted place of the Devī Bhagavatī.

At Her remembrance all the sins are instantly destroyed. Even more if a man remembers the Devī and about this place at the time of death, He surely goes there.

O King! He who daily reads the five Chapters, i.e., from the eighth to this twelfth chapter, is surely untouched by any obstacles due to the Bhūtas, Pretas and Piśāchas. Especially the recitation of this at the time of building a new house and at the time of Vāstuyāga ensures all good and auspiciousness.

Here ends the Twelfth Chapter of the Twelfth Book on the description of Maṇi Dvīpa in the Mahāpurāṇam Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam of 18,000 verses by Mahāṛṣi Veda Vyāsa.