Varanasi is my mysterious shrine. It is the cause of salvation for the people in every respect.
O great goddess, the residence in Varanasi is always appealing to me.
Here in this excellent holy center Avimukta, there is one special thing to be noted. O goddess, O great Sakti, please listen attentively, people of all castes, of all stages of life, whether children, youths or the aged, if they die in this city, are undoubtedly liberated.
Whoever may be the man staying in the holy center; whatever may be the manner of his death, if he dies here, he certainly attains salvation.
Hence, this holy center is known as Avimukta.
Learned men know Avimukta as esoteric doctrine of all shrines and holy centers.
(Avimukta/ Kasi is the old name of Varanasi).
It is far better for men to become ghosts after committing thousands of sins and stay at Kasi, than to attain heaven after performing a thousand sacrifices but without going to the city of Kasi.
Hence the people resort to Kasi with every strenuous effort.
Except in Kasi in no other place can all the actions he wiped off. The other holy centers are easily accessible but the city of Kasi is difficult to access.
If Kasi has been visited with devotion in the previous birth, the person in the present birth reaches Kasi and dies there and not otherwise.
If after reaching Kasi a man takes his ceremonial bath in the Gangas, the two types of actions (Markas) namely the current (Past Karmas beginning to fructify) and the hoarded (Past Karmas still unfructified) are destroyed.
If a man visits Kasi first and commits sin afterwards, the seeds of that action take him again to Kasi.
Then his sins are reduced to ashes. Hence a man shall resort to Kasi. This certainly debars Karmas to fructify.
O beloved, if even a single Brahmin is afforded shelter and residence at Kasi, the man who affords shelter and residence, gets the benefit of residence in Kasi himself and thence he attains salvation.
If a person dies in Kasi he is free from rebirth.
If a man dies in Prayaga, his desires for worldly enjoyment and salvation are fulfilled.
(Prayãga is the old name of Allahabad)
It both the desire for worldly enjoyment and salvation are fulfilled at Prayaga, the fruit of salvation derived from residence in Kasi is likely to be in vain.
(Note: for him who desires both the worldly enjoyment and emancipation, Kasi is useless, for he can get these at Prayaga).
If only the fruit of salvation is the goal, the fruits of Prayaga are likely to he in vain.
(Note: For him who desires emancipation alone Prayaga is of no avail for he can get the same at Kasi).
This extremely mysterious holy center of mine, namely Varanasi is the hidden cause of the liberation of all creatures.
The holy center is called Avimukta because it is free from Avi ( i.e. sin) and resorted to by me.
O goddess of Devas, Avimukta is my abode. See it well.