SHRIMAD DEVI BHAGAVATAM | BOOK 8 CHAPTER 6

THE EIGHTH BOOK

Chapter VI

On the rivers and the mountains Śumeru and others

1-32. Nārāyaṇa said:

O Nārada! This Aruṇodā river that I mentioned to you rises from the Mandāra mountain and flows by the east of Īlāvarṣa.

The Pavana Deva (the God of wind) takes up the nice smell from the bodies of the wives of the Yakṣas and Gandharvas, etc., and the attendants of the Devī Bhavāni and keeps the surroundings of the earth there filled with nice smell for ten Yojanas around.

Again the rose-apples with their nuts, of the size of an elephant, fall down upon the earth from the high peaks of the mountain Mandāra and break into pieces; the sweet scented juices flow down as a river. This is called the Jambū river and this flows by the south of Īlāvarṣa.

The Devī Bhagavatī there is pleased with the Juice of that rose-apple (Jambū) and is known by the name of Jambādinī.

The Devas, Nagas, and Riṣis all always worship with great devotion, the lotus-feet of the merciful Devī, wishing the welfare of all the Jīvas.

The mere remembering of the name of the Devī destroys all the disease, and all the sins of the sinner. Therefore the Devas always worship and chant the names of the Devī, the Remover of all obstacles.

She is installed on both the banks of the Jambū river. If men recite Her names Kokilākṣī, Karuṇā, Kāmapūjitā, Kaṭhoravigrahā, Devapūjyā, Dhanyā, Gavastinī and worship, so they get their welfare both in this world and in the next.

With the juice of the Jambū fruit aided by the combination of the wind and the rays of the Sun, is created the gold. Out of this are made the ornaments for the wives of the Immortals and the Vidyādharas.

This gold, created by the Daiva, is known by the name of the Jāmbūnada gold. The love-stricken Devas make their crowns, waist bands and armlets out of this gold for their sweet-hearts.

There is a big Kadamba tree on the mountain Supārśva; the five streams of honey called Madhu Dhārā are streaming from its cavities and running by the west of Īlāvrita Varṣā, flow over the land.

The Devas drink its waters; and their mouths become filled with the sweet fragrance. The air carries this sweet fragrant smell to a distance of even one hundred Yojanas.

The Dhāreśvarī Mahā Devī dwells there, the Fulfiller of the desires of the Bhaktas, highly energetic, of the nature of Kāla (the Time, the Destroyer), and having large face (Mahānanā), faces everywhere, worshipped by the Devas and is the presiding Deity of the woods and forests all around.

The Devī, the Lady of the Devas, is to be worshipped by the names “Karāla Dehā,” “Kālāmgī”, “Kāmakoṭipravartinī”.

The great Banyan tree named Śatabala is situated on the top of the Kumuda mountain. From its trunk many big rivers take their origin.

These rivers possess such influences as to give to the holy persons there, the milk, curd, honey, clarified butter, raw sugar, rice, clothing, ornaments, seats, and beddings, etc., whatever they desire. Therefore these rivers are called Kāmadugh.

They come gradually down the earth and flow by the north of Īlāvarṣa. The Bhagavatī Mīnākṣī dwell there and is worshipped by the Suras and the Asuras alike.

That Deity clothed blue, of fearful countenance, and ornamented with hairs of blue colour, always fulfil the desires of the Devas dwelling in the Heavens.

Those that worship Her, remember Her or praise Her by the names:

Atimānyā, Atipūjyā, Mattamātaṇga Gāminī, Madanonmādinī, Mānapriyā, Mānapriyatarā, Mārabegadharā, Marapūjitā, Māramādinī, Mayūravaraśobhādhyā, Śikhivāhanagarbhabhū, etc., are honoured by the Deity Mīnalochanā Ekāngarūpiṇī and the Parameśvara and get all sorts of happiness.

Those who drink the clear waters of these rivers become free from old age or decay, worry, perspiration, bad smell, from any disease, or premature death.

They do not suffer anything from error, from cold, heat, or rains, or from any paleness in their colour. They enjoy extreme happiness as long as they live and no dangers come to them.

O Child! Now hear the names of the other twenty mountains that encircle the Golden Śumeru mountain at its base, as if they were the filaments round the pericarp of a flower:

The first is Kuraṇga; they come in order Kuraga, Kuśumbha, Vikankata, Trikūṭa, Śiśira, Patanga, Ruchaka, Niṣadha, Śitīvāsa, Kapila, Śamkha, Vaidūrya, Chārudhi, Hamsa, Riṣabha, Naga, Kālanjara and lastly Nārada. The central one is the twentieth.

Here ends the Sixth Chapter of the Eighth Book on the rivers and the mountains Śumeru and others in the Mahāpurāṇam Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam, of 18,000 verses, by Mahāṛṣi Veda Vyāsa.