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Vishwavasu showing Nilamadhava to Vidyapati

(Ref: Skanda Purana - Purushottama Kshetra Mahatmya - 8)

Jagannath temple, Puri, Puri district, OdishaMeditation: I meditate on Lord Jagannatha of Sri Purushottama who has Pranava Om as His form.

Vishwavasu showing Nilamadhava to Vidyapati: Vishwavasu was initially worried to hear about the intent of Vidyapati to see Nilamadhava, because the sabaras were secretly worshipping the Lord till then. But he remembered a traditional legend that in future the Lord will vanish and a king named Indradyumna will perform hundred horse sacrifices and install the wooden form of the Lord. Thinking that the time has come for this legend to come true, he took Vidyapati through rugged mountain forest to the holy pool Rauhina. To the east was the great Kalpa Banyan tree and between these two was the presence of the Lord. Vidyapati took his bath in the holy pool and eulogized the Lord with ecstasy. Towards the evening they returned to the hermitage of Vishwavasu. Vishwavasu offered a warm hospitality to Vidyapati with the Nirmalya (remnants of the worship of the devas) of the Lord. Vidyapati was surprised. Next day in the early morning, they took bath in the ocean and Vishwavasu showed the idol of Nilamadhava to Vidyapati.

Vidyapati starts his return journey: Vidyapati then starts his return journey to Avanti after deciding a place of camping of the king.


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