THE PRAYAG MAHATMYA
Prayag is called Tirthraj. It is the greater of all pilgrimages. The seven puris are said to be their queens. The Ganga-Yamunaki stream has divided the entire area of Prayag into three parts. These three parts are considered to be the form of fire – sacrifice. In these, the middle part of Ganga-Yamuna is considered as Garhapatyagni, Gangaparka part (Alarkpur Arail) is considered as Dakshinagni. By staying holy in these parts for one night, one gets the fruit of worshiping these fires.
Every year a fair is held in Prayag in the month of Magha. This is called a fantasy. Many devout pilgrims perform Kalpavas in the middle of Ganga-Yamuna every year. Kalpavas considers some solar month as Makar Sankranti to Kumbh Ki Sankranti and some consider it to be the whole month of Magha according to the lunar month. Here Kumbh takes place every twelfth year. Ardh Kumbh falls in the sixth year from Kumbh. On this occasion also a huge fair is held in Prayag throughout Magh. Historians say that during the days of the festival, Emperor Harshavardhana used to come to Prayag and donate his everything.By bathing in the confluence of Ganga-Yamuna at Prayag, the creature becomes free from sins and becomes entitled to heaven, and the creature who renounces the body in this region gets salvation – such words are found in the Puranas.
Prayag Kshetra is said to be the only one for the welfare of the afflicted, the poor and those who do certain occupations. It should never be revealed (anywhere). It is said by the best sages that a person who dies at the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna, when he is sick, weak or old, he goes to heaven by shining golden vimanas like the sun and enjoys the bliss among the Gandharvas and Apsaras and attains his desired desires. takes it. There he rejoices in celestial planes full of jewels adorned with flags of many colours, filled with nymphs of auspicious signs, and is awakened from sleep by the hymns of hymns and the words of bajans. Thus, as long as he does not remember his birth, he is established in heaven. Thereafter, when the virtue is depleted, he falls from heaven. In this way, that soul, corrupted from heaven, takes birth in a family full of gold and gems, and remembers the same pilgrimage from time to time and after remembering it again travels to that Prayag Kshetra. The sages say that whether a man is in the country or abroad, at home or in the forest, if he renounces his life by remembering Prayag, he reaches the world of Brahma.
Talking about Prayag-Mahatmya in Narada Purana, it has been said that wherever one takes a bath in the Ganges, it is as rewarding as Kurukshetra. The Ganges, which gives ten times its virtue, is said to be the one where it joins the Vindhya Parvat. Kashiki’s north channel Ganga Vindhya Parvat Nearby Ganga is said to be hundred times more virtuous. It is said to be a hundred times more virtuous than Kashi, where the Ganges meets the Yamuna. As far as she is the western channel, there she receives a thousand fold virtues. Paschimvahini Ganga is the one who removes the sins of Brahmahatya etc. West facing Ganga meets Yamuna. She takes away the sins of a hundred cycles. They are even more rare in Maghamas. On earth they are called nectar. The water of the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna is famous as Veni, in which bathing for two hours in Maghmas is rare even for the deities. All the pilgrimages and all the puris on the earth come to take a bath in the Veni in the month of Magha, while the Sun is on the sign of Capricorn. Brahma, Vishnu, Mahadev, Rudra, Aditya, Marudgana, Gandharva, Lokpal, Yaksha, Kinnar, Guhyaka, Animadi and other philosophic men, Brahmani, Parvati, Lakshmi, Shachi, Medha, Aditi, Rati, all the god-wives, Naga-wives and all the ancestors All of them come in Maghamas for Triveni-bath. In Satyayuga, all the above mentioned pilgrimages used to come in the form of an apparent form, but in Kaliyuga they come in a hidden form. Entire pilgrimages, which are blackened by the sins of sinners, become white by bathing in the month of Magha in Prayag.
After chanting this mantra, take a bath with silence. Repeat the names of ‘Vasudeva, Hari, Krishna and Madhava’ etc. A person who takes a bath in hot water at his home for sixty years, gets the same result by taking one bath while the Sun is in Capricorn. The bath done outside in the stepwell etc. is the fruit of bathing for twelve years. After bathing in the pond, double it and bathing in the river etc.On doing this, fourfold result is obtained. In Devkunda the same fruit is tenfold and in Mahanadi a hundred fold. By bathing in the confluence of two Mahanadi rivers, one gets four hundred times the fruit; But by taking a bath in the Ganges of Prayag while the Sun is on Capricorn, all that fruit gets multiplied a thousand fold.
Prayagtirth was revealed by Lord Brahma in earlier times. In whose womb Saraswati is hidden, that stream of black and white water is the way to go to Brahmaloka. If the water of the Ganges is accessible in the month of Magha, then it is said to be a firewood for burning sinful fuel, destroyer of the pain of pregnancy and attaining Vishnulok and salvation.
Not only this, the heavenly deities always sing about whether we will ever get Maghamas in Prayag, where the bathing humans never again experience the pain of pregnancy and are situated near Lord Vishnu.’ By drinking water and air, chewing leaves, drying the body, doing severe penance for a long period of time, and practicing yoga, one attains that attainment only by bathing in Prayag.
The expansion of Prayag Mandal is five yojanas. There are three pools. Between them is the Ganges. Just by entering Prayag, sins are immediately destroyed. One who is pure, keeping his mind and senses under control, abstaining from violence, if he bathes with devotion, becomes free from sin and attains the supreme status. Naimish, Pushkar, Gotirtha, Indus-Sagarsangam, Gaya, Dhenuk and Ganga-Sagarsangam-these and many other virtuous mountains, together they are present in three crore ten thousand pilgrimages. Suryaputri Yamuna Devi is famous in all the three worlds. They have met the Ganges at the Lokapavani Yamuna Prayag. The land between the Ganges and the Yamuna is considered to be the best on earth. In the three worlds, there is no more holy pilgrimage than Prayag. Prayag is the Supreme Being. By seeing him one becomes free from all sins.
The one who stays there for a month after going to Prayagtirth, protected from all the gods, observing celibacy and offering obeisances to the gods and ancestors, wherever he stays, he fulfills all the desired desires.
The confluence of Ganga and Yamuna is famous in all the worlds. By bathing there with devotion, whatever desire is there in his mind, his wish is definitely fulfilled. By simply taking a bath in Haridwar, Prayag and the Ganges-Sagar Sangam, a person goes to the abode of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva according to his taste. The bath that is taken in the water of Sitasit Sangam in the month of Magha, never gives a chance for repetition even in a hundred thousand cycles.
There is a very famous well in Pratishthanpur (Jhansi) under Prayag itself. There, keeping the mind in restraint, after bathing, offer obeisances to the gods and ancestors, and by following celibacy, conquer anger. Thus one who stays there for three nights, having a pure mind from all sins, receives the fruit of the Asvamedha-yajna. North of Pratishthan and before Bhagirathi there is a famous pilgrimage called Hanspratpan. By bathing there, the result of the Ashwamedha sacrifice is obtained and as long as the moon and the sun remain, he is established in the heavenly world. Thereafter Vasuki goes north from the snake to Bhogavati and goes to Dashashwamedhatirtha. He is considered the most perfect. By bathing there one attains the fruit of the Ashwamedha-yajna and becomes wealthy, handsome, skilled, donor and virtuous in this world. The merit that a person receives by self-study of the four Vedas, the fruit of the truthful, and the dharma obtained by the practice of non-violence, is attained by mere knowledge of the Dashashwamedha Teerth. On the north of Payasi and on the south bank of Prayag there is a pilgrimage named Rinmochan, which is considered to be the most perfect. After bathing there and staying for one night, one becomes free from all debts and goes to heaven as a deity.
It is necessary to get shaved in Prayag, because all the sins of human beings survive by taking shelter of hair roots. Therefore, before taking a bath in Prayagteerth, one should shave. If in the month of Paush and Magha there is Amavasya Tithi consisting of Shravan Nakshatra, Vytipat Yoga and Sunday, then it should be considered as Arghodaya festival. Its significance is greater than a hundred solar eclipses.
If Magh Shukla Saptami is attained at the time of Arunodaya in Prayagtirth, it is like a thousand solar eclipses. If one gets a bath of Prayag on the day of Ayanarambh, then there is a lot of merit and lakhs of times of fruit is attained in Vishuvayog. In Shadati and Vishnupadi one gets thousand fold virtue. According to the extent of their splendor, one should donate in Prayag, because of this the fruit of the pilgrimage increases.
One who donates a girl child at the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna never sees a terrible hell under the influence of that virtuous action. From Prayag Pratishthan to Vasuki Nag’s pond, which are the two serpents named Kambal and Ashvatar, from there the land of the multimolecular Nagtak, this is the Prajapati Kshetra, which is famous in all the three worlds. Those who bathe in this area go to heaven and those who die are not born again. The speed attained by an intelligent yogi who is on the path, is also attained by one who renounces his life at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna.
South of Prayag is the famous Agnitirtha on the banks of Yamuna. In the west is the Dharmarajatirtha. Those who bathe there go to heaven and those who die are not born again in the world. On the north bank of the Yamuna there are many sinful pilgrimages, which are serviced by great sages, those who bathe in them go to heaven and those who die get salvation.
The reward of both Ganga and Yamuna is same. Ganga is worshiped everywhere just because of being Jethi. A very beautiful story has come about the glory of Prayagtirtha in Padma Purana which is as follows
THE GLORY STORY
In Mahishmatipuri, on the banks of the Narmada river, there lived a prostitute named Mohini, who was well-versed in dancing and singing. He had committed many great sins in the greed of money. On attaining old age, he became wise and spent his money in building gardens, ponds, stepwells, wells, temple and dharamsala. Arrangemnts for food and water were also arranged for the passengers. Once she fell ill. all his wealth to brahmins
He wanted to give, but when the Brahmins did not take it, he gave one part to his maidservants and the other to foreign travelers. She herself became poor. At this time a friend of Mohini named Jardgwa used to serve him. Fortunately, she got well in a few days, but she was very hesitant to stay at Jardgwa’s house in a state of poverty and she left the house.
One day Mohini was going by Vanke’s route. The thieves killed him out of greed, mistaking him for money. But when the money was not found, they left him in the forest and left. Mohini was still breathing, at the same time a Vanprasthi Mahatma came there carrying the water of this Prayag in the kamandalum and, saying the glory of the pilgrimage, he poured that water in Mohini’s mouth. At that time, Mohini had a desire to become the queen of a king. Mohini died as soon as Prayag’s water fell in her mouth and in her second birth she became a queen named Hemangi of King Veeravarmaki in the Dravidian country. The princess’s girl, Kala, was his friend. One day Hemangi went to Kala’s house and Kalane showed him a strange book in a gold box, which had pictures of avatars as well as a map of the whole geography. Looking at the map, Hemangi’s eyes fell on this Prayagtirtha and he immediately remembered his previous birth. After that, after returning home, she narrated all the incidents of her previous birth to her husband and prayed that ‘Nath! I have become the queen of your house from the offerings of that pilgrimage. At this time, I want to go with you to see the pilgrimage of Prayag. I will take food and water only when I will be able to walk for that pilgrimage.’ At the same time Akashvani said – ‘Rajan! Your wife’s statement is true. You go and take a bath in the most holy Prayagtirth. By this all your wishes will be fulfilled.’ Then the king, after saluting Akashvani, handed over all the burden to the minister, left with Hemangi and reached Prayag in a few days. ‘May Lord Vishnu be pleased with us by the merits of this Prayag-snan’- Lord Vishnu and Brahma arrived there as soon as they bathed in the shrine, sitting on the Garuda and the swan respectively. king veervarman head They bowed down and bowed down to both the forms of the Lord and with a concentrated mind, praised them wonderfully. Then Hemangi eulogized him and prayed to fulfill his desire. Lord Vishnu and Brahma ji were pleased and praised Hemangi very much and then took both of them with them to Satyaloka..