Chapter 13: The Granting of Boons to Suratha and the Merchant
13.1 The seer said:
etat te kathitaṁ bhūpa Devīmāhātmyam uttamam
13.2 “Thus have I related to you, O king, this supreme glorification of the Devī:
evamprabhāvā sā Devī yayedaṁ dhāryate jagat
vidyā tathaiva kriyate bhagavadviṣṇumāyayā
13.3 Such is the splendor of the Devī, by whom the world is upheld, and such is the knowledge fashioned by the blessed Viṣṇumāyā.
tayā tvam eṣa vaiśyaś ca tathaivānye vivekinaḥ
mohyante mohitāś caiva moham eṣyanti cāpare
13.4 By Her are you and this merchant and other thoughtful people deluded, just as others have been and will be deluded.
tām upaihi mahārāja śaraṇam parameśvarīm
ārādhitā saiva nṛṇāṁ bhogasvargāpavargadā
13.5 O great king, take refuge in Her, the Supreme Sovereign. When worshiped, She truly confers enjoyment, heaven, and final liberation on humanity.”
13.6 Mārkaṇḍeya said:
iti tasya vacaḥ śrutvā surathaḥ sa narādhipaḥ
praṇipatya mahābhāgaṁ tam ṛṣiṁ saṁśitavratam
13.7 Hearing his words, Suratha the king bowed in reverence to the illustrious seer of steadfast austerities.
nirviṇṇo ’timamatvena rājyāpaharaṇena ca
jagāma sadyas tapase sa ca vaiśyo mahāmune
13.8 Despondent over excessive attachment and the loss of his kingdom, he went at once to practice austerities, O great sage, and so did the merchant,
sandarśanārtham ambāyā nadīpulinasaṁsthitaḥ
sa ca vaiśyas tapas tepe Devīsūktam paraṁ japan
13.9 that they might obtain a vision of the Mother. The king and the merchant settled on a riverbank and engaged in spiritual practice, chanting the supreme hymn to the Devī.
tau tasmin puline Devyāḥ kṛtvā mūrtiṁ mahīmayīm
arhaṇāṁ cakratus tasyāḥ puṣpadhūpāgnitarpaṇaiḥ
13.10 When they had fashioned an earthen image Of Her on the riverbank, the two of them worshiped The Devī with flowers, incense, fire, and libations of water.
nirāhārau yatāhārau tanmanaskau samāhitau
dadatus tau baliṁ caiva nijagātrāsṛgukṣitam
13.11 Now fasting, now restraining their senses, with minds constant in concentration, they made offerings sprinkled with the blood of their own bodies.
evaṁ samārādhayatos tribhir varṣair yatātmanoḥ
parituṣṭā jagaddhātrī pratyakṣaṁ prāha Caṇḍikā
13.12 When they had worshiped Her in this way with self- restraint for three years, Caṇḍikā, The Support Of The Universe, Was Well Pleased. She Appeared Before Them And Spoke.
13.13 The Devī Said:
yat prārthyate tvayā bhūpa tvayā ca kulanandana
13.14 “That which you desire, O king, and you, the delight of your family,
mat tas tat prāpyatāṁ sarvaṁ parituṣṭā dadāmi tat
13.15 receive all that from Me. Well pleased, I will grant it.”
13.16 Mārkaṇḍeya said:
tato vavre nṛpo rājyam avibhraṁśyanyajanmani
atra caiva nijaṁ rājyaṁ hataśatrubalaṁ balāt
13.17 Thereupon the king chose a kingdom imperishable even in another lifetime and also his own kingdom here, to be reclaimed by force from his enemies’ control.
so ’pi vaiśyas tato jñānaṁ vavre nirviṇṇamānasaḥ
mametyaham iti prājñaḥ saṅgavicyutikārakam
13.18 And then the wise merchant, dispassionate in mind, chose that knowledge which severs attachment from “I” and “mine.”
13.19 The Devī Said:
svalpair ahobhir nṛpate svarājyaṁ prāpsyate bhavan
13.20 “In a few days, O king, you will reclaim your own kingdom.
hatvā ripūn askhalitaṁ tava tatra bhaviṣyati
13.21 When your enemies are slain, thenceforth it will assuredly be yours.
mṛtaś ca bhūyaḥ samprāpya janma devād vivasvataḥ
13.22 And after your death you will obtain another birth from the sun god Vivasvat.
sāvarṇiko nāma manur bhavān bhuvi bhaviṣyati
13.23 Dwelling on earth, you will become the lord of the age, the manu named Sāvarṇi.
vaiśyavarya tvayā yaś ca varo ’smatto ’bhivāñchitaḥ
13.24 And the boon that you, O best of merchants, desire,
tam prayacchāmi saṁsiddhyai tava jñānam bhaviṣyati
13.25 that do I grant you. The knowledge that leads to final liberation shall be yours.”
13.26 Mārkaṇḍeya said:
iti datvā tayor Devī yathābhilaṣitaṁ varam
babhūvāntarhitā sadyo bhaktyā tābhyām abhiṣṭutā
13.27 When She had given each his desired boon, The Devī, lovingly praised by both of them, vanished at once.
evaṁ Devyā varaṁ labdhvā surathaḥ kṣatriyarṣabhaḥ
sūryāj janma samāsādya sāvarṇir bhavitā manuḥ
13.28 Thus, having received The Devī’s Boon, Suratha, the best of sovereigns will obtain birth from the sun god and will become the manu named Sāvarṇi,
sāvarṇir bhavitā manuḥ klīṁ OṀ
13.29 will become the manu named Sāvarṇi. Klīm OṀ.
The Devīmāhātmya of seven hundred verses is concluded.
OṀ tat sat OṀ