Harivamsa Purana (Set of 10 Volumes)

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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.

 
 
Contents
Volume I
 
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
 
Contents
Volume II
 
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
Cover: Hardcover
Edition: 2012
Publisher: Ras Bihari Lal and Sons
Language: Transliterated Text with English Translation
Size: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
Pages: 5425[/product_video]