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15020Re: [ambaa-L] Is there an English translation available for Mani Dweepam Varananam?

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  • Sreemahalakshmi S
    May 10, 2014
      Dear All,
      In another group, one of my friends had posted the translation of Mani Dweepa Varnanam by Swami Vijñanananda.  Sharing it here.
      Sri Gurubyo Namah!  Sri Mathre Namah!
      With warm Regards
      S. Sreemahalakshmi
      Chapter X On the description of Mani Dvîpa
      1-20. Vyâsa said :-- O King Janamejaya! What is known in the S’rutis, in the Subâla
      Upanisada, as the Sarvaloka over the Brahmaloka, that is Manidvîpa. Here the Devî resides.
      This region is superior to all the other regions. Hence it is named “Sarvaloka.” The Devî built
      this place of yore according to Her will. In the very beginning, the Devî Mûla Prakriti
      Bhagavatî built this place for Her residence, superior to Kailâs’a, Vaikuntha and Goloka.
      Verily no other place in this universe can stand before it. Hence it is called Manidvîpa or
      Sarvaloka as superior to all the Lokas. This Manidvîpa is situated at the top of all the
      regions, and resembles an umbrella. Its shadow falls on the Brahmânda and destroys the
      pains and sufferings of this world. Surrounding this Manidvîpa exists an ocean called the
      Sudhâ Samudra, many yojanas wide and many yojanas deep. Many waves arise in it due to
      winds. Various fishes and conches and other aquatic animals play and here the beach is full
      of clear sand like gems. The sea-shores are kept always cool by the splashes of the waves
      of water striking the beach. Various ships decked with various nice flags are plying to and
      fro. Various trees bearing gems are adorning the beach. Across this ocean, there is an iron
      enclosure, very long and seven yojanas wide, very high so as to block the Heavens. Within
      this enclosure wall the military guards skilled in war and furnished with various weapons are
      running gladly to and fro. There are four gateways or entrances; at every gate there are
      hundreds of guards and various hosts of the devotees of the Devî. Whenever any Deva
      comes to pay a visit to the Jagadîs’varî, their Vâhanas (carriers) and retinue are stopped
      here. O King! This place is being resounded with the chimings of the bells of hundreds of
      chariots of the Devas and the neighings of their horses and the sounds of their hoofs. The
      Devas walk here and there with canes in their hands and they are chiding at intervals the
      attendants of the Devas. This place is so noisy that no one can hear clearly another’s word.
      Here are seen thousands of houses adorned with trees of gems and jewels and tanks filled
      with plenty of tasteful good sweet waters. O King! After this there is a second enclosure wall,
      very big and built of white copper metal (an amalgam of zinc or tin and copper); it is so very
      high that it almost touches the Heavens. It is hundred times more brilliant than the preceding
      enclosure wall; there are many principal entrance gates and various trees here. What to
      speak of the trees there more than this that all the trees that are found in this universe are
      found there and they bear always flowers, fruits and new leaves! All the quarters are scented
      with their sweet fragrance!
      21-40. O King! Now hear, in brief, the names of some of the trees that are found in
      abundance there :-- Panasa, Vakula, Lodhra, Karnikâra, S’ins’apa, Deodâra, Kânchanâra,
      mango, Sumeru, Likucha, Hingula, Elâ, Labanga, Kat fruit tree, Pâtala, Muchukunda, Tâla,
      Tamâla, Sâla, Kankola, Nâgabhdra, Punnâga, Pîlu, Sâlvaka, Karpûra, As’vakarna,
      Hastikarna, Tâlaparna, Pomegranate, Ganikâ, Bandhujîva, Jamvîra, Kurandaka, Châmpeya,
      Bandhujîva, Kanakavriksa, Kâlâguru (usually coiled all over with cobras, very black
      poisonous snakes), Sandaltree, Datetree,Yûthikâ, Tâlaparnî, Sugarcane, Ksîra-tree,
      Khadira, Bhallâtaka, Ruchaka, Kutaja, Bel tree and others, the Talasî and Mallikâ and other
      forest plants. The place is interspersed with various forests and gardens. At intervals there
      are wells, tanks, etc., adding very much to the beauty of the place. The cuckoos are perching
      on every tree and they are cooing sweetly, the bees are drinking the honey and humming all
      around, the trees are emitting juices and sweet fragrance all around. The trees are casting
      cool nice shadows. The trees of all seasons are seen here; on the tops of these are sitting
      pigeons, parrots, female birds of the Mayanâ species and other birds of various other
      species. There are seen rivers flowing at intervals carrying many juicy liquids. The
      Flamingoes, swans, and other aquatic animals are playing in them. The breeze is stealing
      away the perfumes of flowers and carrying it all around. The deer are following this breeze.
      The wild mad peacocks are dancing with madness and the whole place looks very nice,
      lovely and charming. Next this Kâmsya enclosure comes the third enclosure wall of copper.
      It is square shaped and seven yojanas high. Within this are forests of Kalpavriksas, bearing
      golden leaves and flowers and fruits like gems. Their perfumes spread ten yojanas and
      gladden things all around. The king of the seasons preserves always this place. The king’s
      seat is made of flowers; his umbrella is of flowers; ornaments made of flowers; he drinks the
      honey of the flowers; and, with rolling eyes, he lives here always with his two wives named
      Madhu S’rî and Mâdhava S’rî. The two wives of Spring have their faces always smiling. They
      play with bunches of flowers. This forest is very pleasant. Oh! The honey of the flowers is
      seen here in abundance. The perfumes of the full blown flowers spread to a distance of ten
      yojanas. The Gandharbhas, the musicians, live here with their wives.
      41-60. The places round this are filled with the beauties of the spring and with the cooing of
      cuckoos. No doubt this place intensifies the desires of the amorous persons! O King! Next
      comes the enclosure wall, made of lead. Its height is seven yojanas. Within this enclosure
      there is the garden of the Santânaka tree. The fragrance of its flowers extends to ten
      yojanas. The flowers look like gold and are always in full bloom. Its fruits are very sweet.
      They seem to be imbued with nectar drops. In this garden resides always the Summer
      Season with his two wives S’ukra S’rî and S’uchi S’rî. The inhabitants of this place always
      remain under trees; otherwise they will be scorched by summer rays. Various Siddhas and
      Devas inhabit this place. The female sensualists here get their bodies all anointed with
      sandal paste and all decked with flower garlands and they stalk to and fro with fans in their
      hands. There is water to be found here very cool and refreshing. And owing to heat all the
      people here use this water. Next to this lead enclosure comes the wall made of brass, the
      fifth enclosure wall. It is seven yojanas long. In the centre is situated the garden of Hari
      Chandana trees. Its ruler is the Rainy Season.
      The lightnings are his auburn eyes; the clouds are his armour, the thunder is his voice and
      the rainbow is his arrow. Surrounded by his hosts he rains incessantly. He has twelve
      wives :-- (1) Nabhah S’rî, (2) Nabhahsya S’rî, (3) Svarasya, (4) Rasyasâlinî, (5) Ambâ, (6)
      Dulâ, (7) Niratni, (8) Abhramantî, (9) Megha Yantikâ, (10) Varsayantî, (11) Chivunikâ, and
      (12) Vâridhârâ (some say Madamattâ). All the trees here are always seen with new leaves
      and entwined with new creepers. The whole site is covered all over with fresh green leaves
      and twigs. The rivers here always flow full and the current is strong, indeed! The tanks here
      are very dirty like the minds of worldly persons attached to worldly things. The devotees of
      the Devî, the Siddhas and the Devas and those that consecrated in their life times tanks,
      wells, and reservoirs for the satisfaction of the Devas dwell here with their wives. O King!
      Next to this brass enclosure comes, the sixth enclosure wall made of five fold irons. It is
      seven yojanas long. In the centre is situated the Garden of Mandâra trees. This garden is
      beautified by various creepers, flowers and leaves. The Autumn season lives here with his
      two wives Isalaksmî and Ûrjalaksmî and he is the ruler. Various Siddha persons dwell here
      with their wives, well clothed. O King! Next to this comes the seventh enclosure wall, seven
      yojanas long and built of silver.
      61-80. In the centre is situated the garden of Pârijâta trees. They are filled with bunches of
      flowers. The fragrance of these Pârijâtas extend upto the ten Yojanas and gladden all the
      things all around. Those who are the Devî Bhaktas and who do the works of the Devî are
      delighted with this fragrance. The Hemanta (Dewy) season is the Regent of this place. He
      lives here with his two wives Saha S’rî and Sahasya S’rî and with his hosts. Those who are
      of a loving nature are pleased hereby. Those who have become perfect by performing the
      Vratas of the Devî live here also. O King! Next to this silver, there comes the eighth
      enclosure wall built of molten gold. It is seven Yojanas long. In the centre there is the garden
      of the Kadamba tree. The trees are always covered with fruits and flowers and the honey is
      coming out always from the trees from all the sides. The devotees of the Devî drink this
      honey always and feel intense delight; the Dewy Season is the Regent of this place. He
      resides here with his two wives Tapah S’rî and Tapasyâ S’rî and his various hosts, and
      enjoys gladly various objects of enjoyments. Those who had made various gifts for the
      Devî’s satisfaction, those great Siddha Purusas live here with their wives and relatives very
      gladly in various enjoyments. O King! Next to this golden enclosure well comes the ninth
      enclosure made of red Kum Kum like (saffron) Pusparâga gems. The ground inside this
      enclosure, the ditches or the basins for water dug round their roots are all built of Pusparâga
      gems. Next to this wall there are other enclosure walls built of various other gems and
      jewels; the sites, forests, trees, flowers birds, rivers, tanks, lotuses, mandapas (halls) and
      their pillars are all built respectively of those gems. Only this is to be remembered that those
      coming nearer and nearer to the centre are one lakh times more brilliant than the ones
      receding from them. This is the general rule observed in the construction of these enclosures
      and the articles contained therein. Here the Regents of the several quarters, the Dikpâlas,
      representing the sum total of the several Dikpâlas of every Brahmânda and their guardians
      reside. On the eastern quarter is situated the Amarâvatî city. Here the high-peaked
      mountains exist and various trees are seen. Indra, the Lord of the Devas, dwells here.
      Whatever beauty exists in the separate Heavens in the several places, one thousand times,
      rather more than that, exists in the Heaven of this cosmic Indra, the thousand-eyed, here.
      Here Indra mounting on the elephant Airâvata, with thunderbolt in his hand, lives with S’achî
      Devî and other immortal ladies and with the hosts of the Deva forces. On the Agni
      (southeastern) corner is the city of Agni. This represents the sum total of the several cities of
      Agni in different Brahmândas.
      81-100. Here resides the Agni Deva very gladly with his two wives Svâhâ and Svadhâ and
      with his Vâhana and the other Devas. On the south is situated the city of Yama, the God of
      Death. Here lives Dharma Râja with rod in his hand and with Chitragupta and several other
      hosts. On the south-westen corner is the place of the Râksasas. Here resides Nirriti with his
      axe in his hand and with his wife and other Râksasas. On the west is the city of Varuna.
      Here Varuna râja resides with his wife Vârunî and intoxicated with the drink of Vârunî honey;
      his weapon is the noose, his Vâhana is the King of fishes and his subjects are the aquatic
      animals. On the north-western corner dwells Vâyudeva. Here Pavana Deva lives with his
      wife and with the Yogis perfect in the practice of Prânâyâma. He holds a flag in his hand.
      His Vâhana, is deer and his family consists of the forty nine Vâyus. On the north resides the
      Yaksas. The corpulent King of the Yaksas, Kuvera, lives here with his S’aktis Vriddhi and
      Riddhi, and in possession of various gems and jewels. His generals Manibhadra, Purna
      bhadra, Manimân, Manikandhara, Manibhûsa, Manisragvî, Manikar-mukadhârî, etc., live
      here. On the north eastern corner is situated the Rudra loka, decked with invaluable gems.
      Here dwells the Rudra Deva. On His back is kept the arrow-case and he holds a bow in his
      left hand. He looks very angry and his eyes are red with anger. There are other Rudras like
      him with bows and spears and other weapons, surrounding him. The faces of some of them
      are distorted; some are very horrible indeed! Fire is coming out from the mouths of some
      others. Some have ten hands; some have hundred hands and some have thousand hands;
      some have ten feet; some have ten heads whereas some others have three eyes. Those
      who roam in the intermediate spaces between the heaven and earth, those who move on the
      earth, or the Rudras mentioned in the Rudrâdhyâya all live here. O King! Îsâna, the Regent
      of the north eastern quarter lives here with Bhadrakâlî and other Mâtriganas, with Kotis and
      Kotis of Rudrânîs and with Dâmarîs and Vîra Bhadras and various other S’aktis. On his neck
      there is a garland of skulls, on his hand there is a ring of snakes; he wears a tiger skin; his
      upper clothing is a tiger skin and his body is smeared with the ashes of the dead. He sounds
      frequently his Damaru; this sound reverberates on all sides, he makes big laughs called
      Attahâsya, reverberating through the heavens. He remains always surrounded with
      Pramathas and Bhûtas; they live here.
      Here ends the Tenth Chapter of the Twelfth Book on the description of Mani Dvîpa in the
      Mahâpurânam S’rî Mad Devî Bhâgavatam of 18,000 verses by Maharsi Veda Vyâsa.
      Chapter XI
      On the description of the enclosure walls built of Padmarâga mani, etc., of the Mani Dvîpa
      1-30. Vyâsa said :-- O King Janamejaya! Next to this Pusparâga mani enclosure wall comes
      the tenth enclosure wall, made of Padmarâga mani, red like the red Kunkuma and the Rising
      Sun. It is ten yojanas high. All its ground, entrance gates and temples and arbours are all
      made of Padmarâga mani. Within this reside the sixty four Kalâs or Sub-S’aktis adorned with
      various ornaments and holding weapons in their hands. Each of them has a separate Loka
      (region) allotted and within this Loka he has get his own formidable weapons, Vâhanas,
      families and their leaders or Governors. O King! Now hear the names of the sixty four Kalâs.
      They are :-- Pingalâksî, Vis’âlâksî, Samriddhi, Vriddhi, S’raddhâ, Svâhâ, Svadhâ, Mâyâ,
      Sañgñâ, Vasundharâ, Trîlokadhâtrî, Sâvitrî, Gâyatrî, Tridas’es’vsrî, Surûpâ, Bahurûpâ,
      Skandamâtâ, Achyutapriyâ, Vimalâ, Amalâ, Arunî, Ârunî, Prakriti, Vikriti, S’rîsti, Sthiti,
      Samrhiti, Sandhyâ, Mâtâ, Satî, Hamsî, Mardikâ, Vajrikâ, Parâ, Devamâtâ, Bhagavatî,
      Devakî, Kamalâsanâ, Trimukhî, Saptamukhî, Surâsura vimardinî, Lambosthî, Ûrdhakes’î,
      Bahusîrsâ, Vrikodarî Ratharekhâhvayâ, S’as’irekâ, Gaganavegâ, Pavanavegâ,
      Bhuvanapâlâ, Madanâturâ, Anangâ, Anangamathanâ, Anangamekhalâ, Anangakusumâ,
      Visvarûpâ, Surâdikâ, Ksayamkarî, Aksyobhyâ, Satyavâdinî, Bahurûpâ, S’uchivratâ, Udârâ
      and Vâgis’î. These are the sixty four Kalâs. All of them have got luminous faces and long
      lolling tongues. Fire is always coming out from the faces of all of them. The eyes of all of
      them are red with anger. They are uttering :-- We will drink all the water and thus dry up the
      oceans; we will annihilate fire, we will stop the flow of air and control it. Today we will devour
      the whole universe and so forth. All of them have got bows and arrows in their hands; all are
      eager to fight. The four quarters are being reverberated with the clashing of their teeth. The
      hairs on their heads are all tawny and they stand upwards. Each of them has one hundred
      Aksauhinî forces under them. O King! What more to say than this that each of them has got
      power to destroy one lakh Brahmândas; and their one hundred Aksauhinî forces also can do
      the same. There is nothing that is not impracticable with them. What they cannot do cannot
      be conceived by mind nor can be uttered in speech. All the war materials exist within their
      enclosures. Chariots, horses, elephants, weapons, and forces all are unlimited. All the war
      materials are ready at all times and in abundance. Next comes the eleventh enclosure wall
      built of Gomedamani. It is ten Yojanas high. Its colour is like the newly blown Javâ flower. All
      the ground, trees, tanks, houses, pillars, birds and all other things are all red and built of
      Gomedamani. Here dwell the thirty-two Mahâ S’aktis adorned with various ornament made
      of Gomedamani and furnished with various weapons. They are always eager to fight. Their
      eyes are always red with anger; their bees are like Pis’âchas and their hands are like
      chakras (discs). “Pierce him,” “Beat him,” “Cut him,” “Tear him asunder,” “Burn him down,”
      are the words constantly uttered by them. The inhabitants of the place always worship them.
      Each of them has ten Aksauhinî forces. These are inordinately powerful. It is impossible to
      describe that. It seems that each S’akti can easily destroy one lakh Brahmândas.
      Innumerable chariots, elephants, hordes, etc., and other vâhanas are here. Verily all the war
      materials of the Devî Bhagavatî are seen in this Gomedamani enclosure.
      31-51. Now I am mentioning the auspicious, sin destroying names of these S’aktis :-- Vidyâ,
      Hrî, Pusti, Prajñâ, Sinî vâlî, Kuhû, Rudrâ, Viryâ, Prabhâ, Nandâ, Posanî, Riddhidâ, S’ubhâ,
      Kâlarâtri, Mahârâtri, Bhadra KâIî, Kaparddinî, Vikriti, Dandi, Mundinî, Sendukhandâ,
      S’ikhandinî, Nis’umbha s’umbha mathanî, Mahisâsura marddinî, Indrânî, Rudrânî,
      S’ankarârdha sarîrinî, Nârî, Nirâyanî Tris’ûlinî, Pâlinî, Ambikâ, and Hlâdinî. (See the Daksinâ
      Mûrti Samhitâ and other Tantras.)
      Never there is any chance that they will be defeated anywhere. Hence if all those S’aktis get
      angry at any time, this Brahmânda ceases to exist. Next to this Gomeda enclosure comes
      the enclosure made of diamonds. It is ten yojanas high; on all sides there are the entrance
      gates; the doors are hinged there with nice mechanisms. Nice new diamond trees exist here.
      All the roads, royal roads, trees, and the spaces for watering their roots, tanks, wells,
      reservoirs, Sâranga and other musical instruments are all made of diamonds. Here dwells
      S’rî Bhuvanes’varî Devî with Her attendants. O King! Each of them has a lakh attendants. All
      of them are proud of their beauty. Some of them are holding fans in their hands; some are
      holding cups for drinking water; some, betelnuts; some are holding umbrellas; some
      chowries; some are holding various clothings; some flowers; some, looking glasses; some,
      saffrons; some collyrium, whereas some others are holding Sindûra (red lead). Some are
      ready to do the painting works; some are anxious to champoo the feet; some are eager to
      make Her wear ornaments; some are anxious to put garlands of flowers on Her neck. All of
      them are skilled in various arts of enjoyments and they are all young. To gain the Grace of
      the Devî, they consider the whole universe as trifling. Now I shall mention to you the names
      of the attendants of the Devî, proud of their possessing lots of amorous gestures and
      postures. Listen. They are :-- Anangarûpâ, Anangamadanâ, Madanâturâ, Bhuvanavegâ,
      Bhuvanapâlikâ, Sarvas’is’ira, Anangavedanâ, Anangamekhalâ, these are the Eight Sakhîs.
      Each of them is as fair as Vidyullatâ. Each is adorned with various ornaments and skilled in
      all actions. When they walk to and fro with canes and rods in their hands in the service of the
      Devî, they look as if the lightning flashes glimmer on all sides.
      52-71 On the outer portion of the enclosure wall, on the eight sides are situated the dwelling
      houses of these eight Sakhîs and they are always full of various vâhanas and weapons. Next
      to this enclosure of diamond comes the thirteenth enclosure wall made of Vaidûrya mani. Its
      height is ten yojanas. There are entrance gates and doorways on the four sides. The court
      inside, the houses, the big roads, wells, tanks, ponds, rivers and even the sands are all
      made of Vaidûrya mani. On the eight sides reside the eight Mâtrikâs Brâhmî, etc., with their
      hosts. These Mâtrikâs represent the sum-total of the individual Mâtrikâs in every
      Brahmânda. Now hear their names :-- (1) Brâhmî, (2) Mâhes’varî, (3) Kaumârî, (4) Vaisnavî,
      (5) Vârâhî, (6) Indrânî, (7) Châmundâ, and (8) Mahâ Laksmî. Their forms are like those of
      Brahmâ and Rudra and others. They are always engaged in doing good to the Universe and
      reside here with their own Vâhanas and weapons.
      At the four gates, the various Vâhanas of Bhagavatî remain always fully equipped.
      Somewhere there are Kotis and Kotis of elephants. At some places there are Kotis and Kotis
      of horses; at others there are camps, houses, at others there are swans, lions; at others
      there are Garudas; at other places there are peacocks, bulls and various other beings all
      fully equipped and arranged in due order. Similarly the above mentioned animals are yoked
      to Kotis and Kotis of chariots; there are coachmen (syces); at some places flags are
      fluttering high on them so as to reach the heavens and thus they are adding beauty. At other
      places the aerial cars are arranged in rows, countless, with various sounding instruments in
      them, with flags soaring high in the Heavens and endowed with various ensigns and
      emblems. O King! Next to this Vaidûrya enclosure, comes the fourteenth enclosure wall built
      of Indranîlamani; its height is ten Yojanas. The court inside, houses, roads, wells, tanks and
      reservoirs, etc., all are built of Indranîlamani. There is here a lotus consisting of sixteen
      petals extending to many Yojanas in width and shining like a second Sudars’ana Chakra. On
      these sixteen petals reside the sixteen S’aktis of Bhagavatî, with their hosts. Now I am
      mentioning the names of these. Hear :-- Karâlî, Vikârâlî, Umâ, Sarasvatî, S’rî, Durgâ, Ûsâ,
      Laksmî, S’ruti, Smriti, Dhriti, S’raddhâ, Medhâ, Mati, Kânti, and Âryâ. These are the 16
      S’aktis. They all are dark blue, of the colour of the fresh rain-cloud; they wield in their hands
      axes and shields. It seems they are ever eager to fight. O King! These S’aktis are the Rulers
      of all the separate S’aktis of the other Brahmândas. These are the forces of S’rî Devî.
      72-90. Being strengthened by the Devî’s strength, these are always surrounded by various
      chariots and forces, various other S’aktis follow them. If they like, they can cause great
      agitation in the whole universe. Had I thousand faces, I would not have been able to
      describe what an amount of strength they wield. Now I describe the fifteenth enclosure wall.
      Listen. Next to this Indranîlamani enclosure, comes the enclosure made of pearls (muktâ),
      very wide and ten Yojanas high. The court inside, its space, trees, all are built of pearls.
      Within this enclosure there is a lotus with eight petals, all of pearls. On these petals reside
      the eight S’aktis, the advisers and ministers of the Devî. Their appearances, weapons,
      dresses, enjoyments, everything is like those of S’rî Devî. Their duty is to inform the Devî of
      what is going on in the Brahmândas. They are skilled in all sciences and arts and clever in all
      actions. They are very clever, skillful and clever in knowing beforehand the desires and
      intentions of S’rî Devî and they perform those things accordingly. Each one of them has
      many other S’aktis who also live here. By their Jñâna S’akti they know all the news
      concerning the Jîvas in every Brahmânda. Now I mention the names of those eight Sakhîs.
      Listen. Anangakusumâ, Anangakusumâ-turâ, Anangamadanâ, Ananga madanâturâ,
      Bhuvanapâla, Gaganavegâ, S’as’irekhâ, and Gaganarekhâ. These are the eight Sakhîs.
      They look red like the Rising Sun; and in their four hands they hold noose, goad, and signs
      of granting boons and “no fear.” At every instant they inform S’rî Devî of all the events of the
      Brahmânda. Next to this comes the sixteenth enclosure wall made of emerald (marakata); it
      is ten Yojanas high; the court inside, its space, and houses and everything are built of
      emeralds (marakata mani). Here exist all the good objects of enjoyments. This is hexagonal,
      of the Yantra shape. And at every corner reside the Devas. On the eastern corner resides
      the four-faced Brahmâ; he lives with Gâyatrî Devî; he holds Kamandalu, rosary, signs
      indicating “no fear” and Danda (rod). The Devî Gâyatrî is also decorated with these. Here all
      the Vedas, Smritis, the Purânas, and various weapons exist incarnate in their respective
      forms. All the Avatâras of Brahmâ, Gâyatrî, and Vyâhritis that exist in this Brahmânda, all live
      here. On the south-west corner Mahâ Visnu lives with Sâvitrî; He holds conch shell, disc,
      club, and lotus. Sâvitrî has got also all these. The Avatâras of Visnu that exist in every
      Brahmânda Matsya, Kûrma, etc., and all the Avatâras of Sâvitrî that exist in every universe,
      all dwell in this place. On the north western corner exists Mahâ Rudra with Sarasvatî. Both of
      them hold in their hands Paras’u, rosary, signs granting boons and “no fear.”
      91-110. All the Avatâras of Rudra and Pârvatî (Gaurî, etc.) facing south that exist in all the
      Brahmândas, dwell here. All the chief Âgamas, sixty four in number and all the other Tantras
      reside here, incarnate in their due forms. On the south-eastern corner, the Lord of wealth,
      Kuvera, of Bhagavatî, surrounded by roads and shops resides here with Mahâ Laksmî and
      his hosts holding the jar of jewels (Mani Karandikâ). On the western corner exists always
      Madana with Rati, holding noose, goad, bow and arrow. All his amorous attendants reside
      here, incarnate in their forms. On the north-eastern corner resides always the great hero
      Ganes’a, the Remover of obstacles, holding noose and goad and with his Pusti Devî. O
      King! All the Vibhûtis (manifestations) of Ganes’a that exist in all the universes reside here.
      What more to say than this, that Brahmâ and the other Devas and Devîs here represent the
      sum-total of all the Brahmâs and the Devas and the Devîs that exist in all the Brahmândas.
      These all worship S’rî Bhagavatî, remaining in their own spheres respectively. O King! Next
      come the seventeenth enclosure wall made of Prabâla. It is red like saffron and it is one
      hundred Yojanas high. As before, the court inside, the ground and the houses all are made
      of Prabâla. The goddesses of the five elements, Hrillekhâ, Gaganâ, Raktâ, Karâlikâ, and
      Mahochchhusmâ reside here. The colours and lustres of the bodies of the goddessses
      resemble those of the elements over which they preside respectively. All of them are proud
      of their youth and hold in their four hands noose, goad and signs granting boons and “no
      fear.” They are dressed like S’rî Devî and reside here always. Next to this comes the
      eighteenth enclosure wall built of Navaratna (the nine jewels). It is many yojanas wide. This
      enclosure wall is superior to all others and it is higher also. On the four sides there exist
      innumerable houses, tanks, reservoirs, all built of Navaratna; these belong to the Devîs, the
      presiding Deities of Âmnâyas (that which is to be studied or learnt by heart; the Vedas). The
      ten Mahâ Vidyâs, Kâlî, Târâ, etc., of S’rî Devî and the Mahâbhedâs, that is, their all the
      Avatâras all dwell here with their respective Âvaranas, Vâhanas and ornaments. All the
      Avatâras of S’rî Devî for the killing of the Daityas and for showing favour to the devotees live
      here. They are Pas’amkus’es’varî, Bhuvanes’varî, Bhairavî, Kapâla Bhuvanes’varî, Amkus’a
      Bhuvanes’varî, Pramâda bhuvanes’varî, S’rî Krodha Bhuvanes’varî, Triputâs’vârûdhâ,
      Nityaklinnâ, Annapurnâ, Tvaritâ, and the other avatâras of Bhuvanes’varî, and Kâlî, Târâ and
      the other Mahâvidyâs are known as Mahâvidyâs. They live here with their Âvarana Devatâs,
      Vâhanas, and ornaments respectively. (Note :-- The Âvarana Deities are the attendant
      Deities.) Here live also the seven Kotis of Devîs presiding over the Mahâ Mantras, all brilliant
      and fair like the Koti Suns. O King! Next to this enclosure wall comes the chief and crowning
      palace of S’rî Devî, built of Chintâmani gems. All the articles within this are built of
      Chintâmani gems. Within this palace are seen hundreds and thousands of pillars. Some of
      these pillars are built of Sûryakântamani, some are built of Chandrakânta mani, and some
      are built of Vidyutkânta mani. O King! The lustre and brilliance of these pillars is so strong
      that no articles within this palace are visible to the eye. (Note :-- The face of the Goddess
      Kâlî is so bright that it appears like a shadow, i.e., black.)
      Here ends the Eleventh Chapter on the description of the enclosure walls built of Padmarâga
      mani, etc., of the Mani Dvîpa in the Mahâpurânam S’rî Mad Devî Bhâgavatam of 18,000
      verses by Maharsi Veda Vyâsa.
      Chapter XII On the description of Mani Dvîpa
      1-17. Vyâsa said :-- O King Janamejaya! The Ratnagriha, above mentioned, is the Central,
      the Chief and the Crowning Place of Mûla Prakriti. The nine jewels are :-- (1) Muktâ, (2)
      Mânikya, (3) Vaidûrya, (4) Gomeda, (5) Vajra, (6) Vidruma, (7) Padmarâga, (8) Marakata,
      and (9) Nîla. This is situated in the centre of all the enclosures. Within this there are the four
      Mandapas, i.e., halls built of one thousand (i.e., innumerable) pillars. These are the S’ringâra
      Mandapa, Mukti Mandapa, Jñâna Mandapa and Ekânta Mandapa; on the top there are
      canopies of various colours; within are many scented articles scented by the Dhûpas, etc.
      The brilliance of each of these is like that of one Koti Suns. On all sides of these four
      Mandapas there are nice groups of gardens of Kas’mîra, Mallikâ, and Kunda flowers.
      Various scents, and scented articles, for example, of musk, etc., are fully arranged in due
      order. There is a very big lotus tank here; the steps leading to it are built of jewels. Its water
      is nectar, on it are innumerable full-blown lotuses and the bees are humming always over
      them. Many birds, swans, Kârandavas, etc., are swimming to and fro. The sweet scents of
      lotuses are playing all round. In fact, the whole Manidvîpa is perfumed with various scented
      things. Within the S’ringâra Mandapa, the Devî Bhagavatî is situated in the centre on an
      Âsana (seat) and She hears the songs sung in tune by the other Devîs along with the other
      Devas. Similarly sitting on the Mukti Mandapa, She frees the Jîvas from the bondages of the
      world. Sitting on the Jñâna Mandapa, She gives instructions on Jñâna, and sitting on the
      fourth Ekânta Mandapa, She consults with Her ministers, the Sakhîs, Ananga Kusuma, etc.,
      on the creation, preservation, etc., of the universe. O King! Now I shall describe about the
      main, Khâs, room of S’rî Devî. Listen. The Khâs Mahâl palace of the Devî Bhagavatî is
      named S’rî Chintâmani Griha. Within this is placed the raised platform, the dais and sofa
      whereon the Devî taketh Her honourable seat. The ten S’akti-tattvas form the staircases.
      The four legs are (1) Brahmâ, (2) Visnu, (3) Rudra, and (4) Mahes’vara. Sadâs’iva forms the
      upper covering plank. Over this S’rî Bhuvanes’vara Mahâ Deva or the Supreme Architect of
      the Universe is reigning. Now hear something about this Bhuvanes’vara. Before creation
      while intending to sport, the Devî Bhagavatî divided Her Body into two parts and from the
      right part created Bhuvanes’vara. He has five faces and each face has three eyes. He has
      four hands and He is holding in each hand speer, signs indicating do not fear, axe, and signs
      granting boons. He looks sixteen years old. The lustre of of His Body is more beautiful then
      Koti Kandarpas and more fiery than thousand Suns; and at the same time cool like Koti
      Suns. His colour is crystal white, and on His left lap S’rî Bhuvanes’varî Devî is always sitting.
      18-29. On the hip of S’rî Bhuvanes’varî, is shining the girdle with small tinkling bells, built of
      various jewels; the ornaments on the arms are made of burnished gold studded with
      Vaidûryamanis; the Tâtanka ornaments on Her ears are very beautiful like S’rîchakra and
      they enhance very much the beauty of Her lotus face. The beauty of Her forehead vies with,
      or defies the Moon of the eighth bright lunar day. Her lips challenge the fully ripened Bimba
      fruits. Her face is shining with the Tilaka mark made of musk and saffron. The divine crown
      on Her head is beautified with the Sun and Moon made of jewels; the nose ornaments are
      like the star Venus and built of transparent gems, looking exceedingly beautiful and shedding
      charming lustre all around. The neck is decorated with necklaces built of gems and jewels.
      Her breasts are nicely decorated with camphor and saffron. Her neck is shining like a
      conchshell decorated with artistic designs. Her teeth look like fully ripe pomegranate fruits.
      On Her head is shining the jewel crown. Her lotus face is beautified with alakâ as if these are
      mad bees. Her navel is beautiful like the whirls in the river Bhâgirathî; Her fingers are
      decorated with jewel rings; She has three eyes like lotus leaves; the lustre of Her body is
      bright like Padmarâgamani cut and carved and sharpened on stone. The bracelets are
      adorned with jewel tinkling bells; Her neck ornaments and medals are studded with gems
      and jewels. Her hands are resplendent with the lustre of the jewels on the fingers; the braid
      of hair on Her head is wreathed with a garland of Mallikâ flowers; Her bodice (short jacket) is
      studded with various jewels.
      30-45. O King! S’rî Devî is slightly bent down with the weight of Her very high hard breasts.
      She has four hands and She is holding noose, goad and signs granting boons and “do not
      fear.” The all beautiful all merciful Devî is full of love gestures and beauties. Her voice is
      sweeter than that of lute; the lustre of Her body is like Kotis and Kotis of Suns and Moons if
      they rise simultaneously on the sky. The Sakhîs, attendants, the Devas and the Devîs
      surround Her on all sides. Ichchâ S’akti, Jñâna S’akti, and Kriya S’akti all are present always
      before the Devî. Lajjâ, Tusti, Pusti, Kîrti, Kânti, Ksamâ, Dayâ, Buddhi, Medhâ, Smriti, and
      Laksmî are always seen here incarnate in their due Forms. The nine Pîtha S’aktis, Jayâ,
      Vijayâ, Ajitâ, Aparâjitâ, Nityâ, Vilâsinî, Dogdhrî, Aghorâ, and Mangalâ reside here always
      and are in the service of the Devî Bhuvanes’varî. On the side of the Devî are the two oceans
      of treasures; from these streams of Navaratna, gold, and seven Dhâtus (elements) go out
      and assume the forms of rivers and fall into the ocean Sudhâ Sindhu. Because such a Devî
      Bhuvanes’varî, resplendent with all powers and prosperities, sits on the left lap of
      Bhuvanes’vara, that He has, no doubt acquired His omnipotence. O King! Now I will describe
      the dimensions of the Chintâmani Griha. Listen. It is one thousand Yojanas wide; its centre is
      very big; the rooms situated further and further are twice those preceding them. It lies in
      Antarîksa (the intervening space) without any support. At the times of dissolution and
      creation it contracts and expands like a cloth. The lustre of this Chintâmani Griha is
      comparatively far more bright and beautiful than that of other enclosure walls. S’rî Devî
      Bhagavatî dwells always in this place. O King! All the great Bhaktas of the Devî in every
      Brahmânda, in the Devaloka, in Nâgaloka, in the world of men or in any other loka, all those
      that were engaged in the meditation of the Devî in the sacred places of the Devî and died
      there, they all come here and reside with the Devî in great joy and festivity.
      46-59. On all sides rivers are flowing; some of ghee, some of milk, curd, honey, nectar,
      pomegranate juice, jambu juice, and some of mango juice, sugarcane juices are flowing on
      all sides. The trees here yield fruits according to one’s desires and the wells and tanks yield
      water also as people desire. Never is there any want felt here of anything. Never are seen
      here diseases, sorrow, old age, decrepitude, anxiety, anger, jealousy, and envy and other
      lower ideas. All the inhabitants of this place are full of youth and look like one thousand
      Suns. All enjoy with their wives and they worship S’rî Bhuvanes’varî. Some have attained
      Sâlokya, some Sâmîpya, some Sârûpya and some have attained Sârsti and pass their days
      in highest comfort. The Devas that are in every Brahmânda all live here and worship S’rî
      Devî. The seven Koti Mahâ Mantras and Mahâ Vidyâs here assume forms and worship the
      Mahâ Mâyâ S’rî Bhagavatî, Who is of the nature of Brahmâ. O King! Thus I have described
      to you all about this Manidvîpa. The lustre of Sun, Moon and Kotis and Kotis of lightnings
      cannot be one Kotieth of one Koti part of Its lustre. At some places the lustre is like
      Vidrumamani; some places as are illumined like the lustre of Marakata Mani; some, like
      Sûrya Kânta mani and some places are rendered brilliant like Kotis and Kotis of lightnings.
      The light at some places is like Sindûra; at some places like Indranîlamani; at some places,
      like Mânikya, and at some places like diamond. Some places are blazing like the
      conflagration of fire; and some places look like molten gold; some places seem filled with the
      lustre of Chandrakântamani, and some places look brilliant like Sûryakântamani.
      60-73. The mountains here are all built of gems and jewels; the entrance gates and
      enclosures are built of gems and jewels; the trees and their leaves all are of gems; in fact all
      that exist here are all of gems and jewels. At some places numbers of peacocks are dancing;
      at some places cuckoos are captivating the minds of persons by cooing in the fifth tune and
      at others doves and pigeons and parrots are making sweet cackling sounds. Lakhs and
      lakhs of tanks are there with their pure crystal-like waters. The Red lotuses have blown fully
      and enhanced the beauty of the place. The captivating scents of these lotuses extend to a
      distance one hundred Yojanas all round and gladden the minds of people. The leaves are
      rustling with gentle breeze. The whole sky overhead is radiant with the lustre of Chintâmani
      gems and jewels. All the sides are illuminated with the brilliancy of the gems and jewels. O
      King! These jewels act like lamps. And the sweet scented trees emit their flagrance and it is
      transmitted by breeze all around. Thus these trees serve the purpose of dhûp (scent). The
      rays of these gems pierce through the openings of the jewel screens on the houses and fall
      on the mirrors inside, thus causing a nice brilliant appearance that captivates the mind and
      causes confusion. O King! And what shall I say of this place, more than this, that all the
      powers, and wealth, all the love sentiments, all the dress suited to amorous interviews, all
      the splendours, fire, energy, beauty and brilliance, the omniscience, the indomitable
      strength, all the excellent qualities and all mercy and kindness are present here! The All
      Comprehending Bliss and the Brahmânanda can always be witnessed here! O King! Thus I
      have described to you about the Manidvîpa, the most exalted place of the Devî Bhagavatî. At
      Her remembrance all the sins are instantly destroyed. The more so, if a man remembers the
      Devî and about this place at the time of death, He surely goes there. O King! He who daily
      reads the five Chapters, i.e., from the eighth to this twelfth chapter, is surely untouched by
      any obstacles due to the Bhûtas, Pretas and Pis’âchas. Especially the recitation of this at the
      time of building a new house and at the time of Vâstuyâga ensures all good and
      auspiciousness.
      Here ends the Twelfth Chapter of the Twelfth Book on the description of Mani Dvîpa in the
      Mahâpurânam S’rî Mad Devî Bhâgavatam of 18,000 verses by Maharsi Veda Vyâsa.
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