The largest and one of the most popular of Puranas which was dominated by
Bhagavan Shiva viz. the Skanda Purana also called as Kartika
Purana has eighty one thousand Shlokas, divided by Veda Vyasa into Seven
‘Khandas’viz. Maheswara Khanda, Vishnu Khanda, Brahma Khanda, Kasi Khanda,
Avantya Khanda, Nagara Khanda and Prabhasa Khanda.
A bird’s eye-view of the entire Purana includes Kedara Mahatmya, Daksha Yagna, Shiva Linga Puja, Samudra Mathana, Shiva-Parvati’s wedding, birth of Skandha, carnage of Tarakasura, Panchalinga Sthapana, Appearance of Maha Kaal, significance of various Tirthas like Arunaachala, Venkataachala, Purushottama Kshetra, Badari Kshetra; of the
months of Kartika, Margashira and Vaishakha; and of the Mahatmya of Ayodhya,
Rameswara, and Dharmaranya, Kashi, Avanti, Prabhhasa and Dwaraka; Shiva
Mantra-Shiva Ratri-Shiva Pradosha and Shiva Kavacha etc. Perhaps the best
coverage of Tirthas all over Bharat was attempted in Skanda Purana. Those who
reproduce the entire Skanda Purana as scripted by Veda Vyasa and gift it to a
deserving Vedic Pandita along a golden ‘Trishul’(Trident) on a Magha Purnima day
should indeed be blessed with ‘Shivaloka prapti’.