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What khanda/volume/chapter of Skandapurana speaks of the birth of Skanda and the killing of Simhamuka, Surapadman and Taraka ? I'm aware that Shalyaparva of Mahabharatha speaks of Krauncha Dharana etc, but where can I find this in the Skandapurana or am I mistaken ?

Thank you.

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    As per the Skanda Purana published by Gitapress Gorakpur, the killing of Tārakāsura comes in Chapter 15 under the kedarakhanda, under the Maheshwara Khanda. But I don’t think this version mentions about Surapadma and Simhavaktra. There is another Skanda Purana divided into 6 samhitas (containing khandas, instead of being directly divided on the basis of Khandas like this gitapress one) which would be talking about Surapadma and Simhavaktra, upon which the Tamil Kanda Puranam is based. The Shiva Purana Kumarakhanda talks a little more in detail about the birth of Skanda. – Archit May 19 at 18:31
  • @ArchM pls convert this comment to an answer.... – YDS May 20 at 4:49
  • @YDS okay will just do it, thanks. – Archit May 20 at 6:47
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As per the Skanda Purana published by Gitapress Gorakpur, the killing of Tārakāsura comes in Chapter 15 under the Kēdārakhaṇḍa, under the Mahēśwara khaṇḍa. But this version does not mention about Surapadma and Simhavaktra. This version of the Skanda Purana is divided on the basis of Khandas.

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The birth and anointment of Skanda have been narrated in greater detail in the Kumārakhaṇḍa in the Rudrasaṃhitā of the The Shiva Purana.

However, there is another part of the Skanda Purana (based on southern manuscripts) divided on the basis of 6 samhitas (each samhita contains khandas, instead of being directly divided on the basis of Khandas, which has not been included by Gitapress) which would be talking about Surapadma and Simhavaktra and upon which the Tamil Kanda Puranam is based.

I don’t know in which chapter in the Samhita version they’re mentioned and where this version is available, it is however said that the Tamil Kanda Puranam is based on the Shivarahasya Khanda of the Shankara Samhita of the Skanda Purana.

Gitapress seems to be selling the Samhitas separately and as per the index of the Sūta Samhita Mimamsa sold by them, the Maheshwara Khanda seems to form part of the Sūta samhita.

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  • The following site says that the Maheshwara Khanda is one of the 12 Khandas of the Shankara Samhita (and not the Sūta Samhita as above) arunachalasamudra.org/bibilio_sans.html – Archit May 20 at 12:42
  • Also, other sources refer to the first Khanda of the Sūta Samhita as Shiva Mahatmya Khanda as against Maheshwara Khanda as stated above. If someone could please clarify this discrepancy and edit the answer appropriately – Archit May 20 at 12:50

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