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Reaching shrine of Devi Carcica

(Ref: Skanda Purana - Purushottama Kshetra Mahatmya - 11)

Jagannath temple, Puri, Puri district, OdishaMeditation: I meditate on Devi Carcica by whose power the Universe functions.

Indradyumna starting for Purushottama Kshetra: Indradyumna proclaimed to his entire kingdom to get ready to go to Purushottama Kshetra. The king departed on the auspicious day of Jyestha Shukla Paksha Panchami (a Wednesday). The entire kingdom accompanied him. The king was accompanied by sage Narada for guiding him.

Reaching shrine of Devi Carcica: The king passed through various lands and forests and reached the shrine of Devi Carcika (Devi Durga) at the boundary of Utkaladesa. At the behest of sage Narada, the king got down the chariot and eulogized the Devi.

Indradyumna camping at the bank of river Chitrotpala and meeting the king of Utkala: Later on, the king camped at the bank of river Chitrotpala (Mahanadi) and performed his evening rites. During this stay the king of Utkala came to meet him with various gifts. King Indradyumna welcomed him and in the course of the conversation came to know that the idol of Madhava has been covered by a sandstorm. When the king left, Indradyumna was highly dejected but sage Narada consoled him saying that he will certainly see the Lord.


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