Harivamsa and Mahabharata are complementary to each other. Harivamsa especially describes the pastimes of the Supreme Lord that took place after the battle at Kuruksetra, including His pastimes of disappearance. Harivamsa is considered to be a supplement of Mahabharata.
It is divided into three parts- Harivamsa-parva, Visnu-parva and Bhavisya-parva. Harivamsa-parva has fifty-five chapters, Visnu-parva has one hundred twenty-eight chapters and Bhavisya-parva has one hundred thirty-five chapters. Harivamsa consists of about sixteen thousand verses.
Harivamsa was first recited by the great sage, Vaisampayana, to King Janmejaya. In that assembly, Ugrasrava or Sauti was also present. Later on, by the request of the sages at Naimisaranya, headed by Saunaka, Sauti again recited it.
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Many Gaudiya-vaisnava acaryas have quoted evidence from Harivamsa in their writings. There is no doubt that the readers of this book will find it both interesting and beneficial for their cultivation of Krsna consciousness.
yad vajapeyena tu rajasuyad
drstarh phalam hasti-rathena canyat
tal-labhyate vyasa-vacah pramanam
gitam ca valmiki-maharsina ca
The great sages, Valmiki and Vyasadeva, have said that the piety one gains by performing the Vajapeya and Rajasuya sacrifices, and by giving away chariots drawn by elephants, can be attained by giving Harivamsa in charity.
-Sri Harivamsa, Harivamsa Parva 6
For one who hears the topics of Harivamsa, which was spoken by Srila Vyasadeva, and which is incomparable, auspicious, pure, the destroyer of sinful reactions and most beneficial-what is the need to take a holy bath in the sacred water at Puskara?
-Sri Harivamsa, Harivamsa Parva 2
The great sage, Vyasadeva, has said that the piety one achieves by performing one hundred horse-sacrifices, which enables one to establish four thousand food distribution centers serving an inexhaustible quantity of food, and rewards one with the position of Indra, is achieved simply by giving this most sacred literature, Harivamsa, in charity.
|Chapter 1||Invocation-The Original Creation by the Lord||1|
|Chapter 2||The Dynasty of Svayambhuva Manu-A Description of the Appearance of Prajapati Daksa||17|
|Chapter 3||Further Expansion of the Creation by Daksa-Description of the Offspring of Daksa's Daughters||33|
|Chapter 4||The Story of King Prthu||68|
|Chapter 5||Characteristics of King Prthu-The Destruction of King Vena||77|
|Chapter 6||The Milking of Mother Earth in the Form of a Cow||92|
|Chapter 7||A Description of the Manus||107|
|Chapter 8||A Description of the Four Yugas-The Reign of the Various Manus-Calculation of Brahma's Duration of Life||128|
|Chapter 9||The Birth of Vaivasvata Manu||140|
|Chapter 10||A Description of the Dynasty of Vaivasvata Manu, and the Birth of Pururava||158|
|Chapter 11||The Slaying of the Demon Dhundhumara||168|
|Chapter 12||The Appearance of the Sage Galava||184|
|Chapter 13||A Description of Topics Regarding Trisanku and Harisacandra||191|
|Chapter 14||The Birth and Characteristics of King Sagara||201|
|Chapter 15||A Description of the Surya Dynasty||209|
|Chapter 16||The Glories of the Sraddha Ceremony-Santanu Personally accepts Oblations from Bhisma||219|
|Chapter 17||Conversation Between Bhisma and the Sage Markandeya Conversation Between Markandeya and Sanatkumara||232|
|Chapter 18||A Detailed Description of the Forefathers-Markandeya obtains Transcendental Vision||244|
|Chapter 19||The Conclusion of the Conversation Between Markandeya and Sanatkumara||266|
|Chapter 20||The Story of King Brahmadatta and the Bird, Pujaniya||273|
|Chapter 21||Markandeya Describes the Glories of Performing the Sraddha Ceremony||310|
|Chapter 22||Sucivak, Curses Three Other Swans Headed by Svatantra||322|
|Chapter 23||The Swans are Born in Kampilya as Brahmdatta and Others||325|
|Chapter 24||Conversation of the Ants, Overheard by Brahmadatta||335|
|Chapter 25||The Birth of the Moon-god||345|
|Chapter 26||The Activities of King Pururava||1|
|Chapter 27||The Dynasty of Amavasu||14|
|Chapter 28||The Dynasty of Ayu||29|
|Chapter 29||The Pastimes of Dhanvantari and Divodasa||39|
|Chapter 30||Characteristics of King Yayati||61|
|Chapter 31||Glorification of the Kakseyu Dynasty||75|
|Chapter 32||The Puru Dynasty||91|
|Chapter 33||Description of the Yadu Dynasty||113|
|Chapter 34||Description of the Vrsni Dynasty||129|
|Chapter 35||The Birth of Lord Krsna||140|
|Chapter 36||The Dynasty of Krosta||146|
|Chapter 37||The Vabhru Dynasty||155|
|Chapter 38||The Story of the Syamantaka Jewel||163|
|Chapter 39||The Killing of Satadhanva||178|
|Chapter 40||Questions Regarding Krsna's Advent||
Item Code: NAE817
Publisher: Ras Bihari Lal and Sons
Language: Transliterated Text with English Translation
Size: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch