What is Skanda Purana?
- Skanda Purana is one of the eighteen Mahapuranas, a genre of Hindu religious texts. It is named after Skanda, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, who is also known as Kartikeya or Murugan. The Skanda Purana is primarily focused on the life of Lord Skanda and is believed to have been composed by various authors over several centuries.
- The Skanda Purana is divided into seven khandas or sections, with each khanda consisting of several chapters. The first khanda describes various pilgrimage sites in India and their significance. The second khanda discusses the creation of the universe, while the third and fourth khandas focus on the legends of various gods and goddesses.
- The fifth khanda of the Skanda Purana is dedicated to the life and deeds of Lord Skanda, while the sixth khanda describes various rituals and practices related to the worship of Lord Shiva. The seventh and final khanda is a collection of miscellaneous topics, including astrology, geography, and the duties of kings.
- The Skanda Purana is known for its emphasis on devotion to Lord Shiva and Lord Skanda, as well as its descriptions of various religious practices, festivals, and rituals. It is considered an important text for the study of Hinduism, particularly for those interested in the worship of Lord Skanda and his mother, Goddess Parvati.