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AKṢAYAVAṬA(अक्षयवट)

  • A sacred lake. When the Pāṇḍavas during their exile went to Pulastyāśrama sage Pulastya gave a description of all the sacred lakes in India. He says, “After reaching Mārkaṇḍeya lake you should visit the meeting place of the rivers Gaṅgā and Gomatī. Then when you reach Gayā you will find there a lake called Akṣayavaṭa. If you bathe in that lake you will get salvation”. In the [Navama Skandha of Devī Bhāgavata] you find the following about Akṣayavaṭa: “Puṣpabhadrā is one of the famous sacred rivers in India. This river starts from the Himālayas with the name Śarāvatī and flowing for 500 yojanas (One yojanam is equal to about 8 miles) on the left side of river Gomatī reaches the western ocean. There is an āśrama called Akṣayavaṭa on the shores of this beautiful river which always carries crystal clear water. The āśrama got that name because of a big banyan tree standing near it. Kapila, the great sage, did penance sitting here for a long time. Lord Śiva, Bhadrakālī and Skanda used to come and sit underneath this banyan tree. 
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