Is the Lonar crater lake mentioned in Skanda Purana or Padma Purana as the following excerpt from Wikipedia claims? If so, in what context?


The lake was first mentioned in ancient scriptures such as the Skanda Purana, the Padma Puran and the Ain-i-Akbari.[18] The first European to visit the lake was a British officer, J.E. Alexander, in 1823.

This article claims:

Giant Unexplained Crater Near Bombay

Another curious sign of an ancient nuclear war in India is a giant crater near Bombay. The nearly circular 2,154-metre-diameter Lonar crater, located 400 kilometres northeast of Bombay and aged at less than 50,000 years old, could be related to nuclear warfare of antiquity.

To be clear, I'm not looking for speculation about the nuclear warfare, my question is just about what those Puranas say about the lake.

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    When India was under British rule, the British would write Gazetteers, guidebooks outlining what is there in each district of India. I found this in the 1870 Gazetteer of the Berar District: babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/imgsrv/… It says that the story of Vishnu fighting Lonasura is found in the Viraj Mahatmya of the Goda Khanda of the Skanda Purana. But I don't know where in the Skanda Purana the Goda Khanda is found; you can see the table of contents of the Skanda Purana here: exoticindiaart.com/book/details/skanda-purana-23-volumes-IDF415 Jun 30, 2016 at 17:49

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Skanda Purana and Padma Purana states the story of deamon Lonasura who was slain by an avatara of Vishnu by the name daitya Sudan who was hiding in the lake. The story is narrated as,

Skanda Purana legend states that a demon named Lonasur became insolent and devastated surrounding countries. He even challenged gods. The people appealed to Lord Vishnu to destroy him. He therefore assumed the form of handsome youth named Daityasudan and could find from demon’s sisters about demon’s hiding place, he removed the lid of den and destroyed the demon. The present Lonar Lake is claimed to be the den of the demon; the water was mixed with his blood and the salts occurred in the water through his flesh.

There's a temple atop the crator dedicated to Daitya Sudan. enter image description here

P.S. I tried searching for the exact verses in translations of Padma and Skanda Purana, but couldn't find them.


Skanda Puran (English translation), Part-XIX, Chapter-81, Greatness of Sri Daityasudana, pages 284-288. Published by Motilal Banarsidass.

You can download the Part-XIX from archives.org link: https://archive.org/details/67SkandaPurana.Vol.19/page/n12

The story is narrated in the above mentioned chapter and name of tirtha is given as Daityasudana. Geo graphical location is not given but it is part of western India.

At the actual site of Lonar Crater you find the temple with deity named Daityasudana.

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    You can mention some verses from that chapter.
    – The Destroyer
    Feb 22, 2019 at 14:04

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