Harivamsa Purana: Volume Eight (Chapter 19-58)

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For one who hearts 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?

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 and inexhaustible quality of food and rewards one with the position of Indra is achieved simply by giving this most sacred literature Harivamsa in charity.

 

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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. 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 of about sixteen thousand verses.

 

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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 Kurusksetra 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 consist 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. 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.

 

Contents

 

Chapter 19  
Daughters of Daksa Progency of Kasyapa 01
Chapter 20  
Sacrifice of Lord Brahma at Puskara. Instructions of Suparsva to the Brahmanas 11
Chapter 21  
Description of Varnasrama dharma 29
Chapter 22  
Battle between the demigods and demons at the conclusion of Lord Brahma’s sacrifice 35
Chapter 23  
Battle Between Lord Visnu and the Madhu demon. Prayers of the demigods 41
Chapter 24  
Descriptions of the regions surrounding Puskara 59
Chapter 25  
Performance of Austerities by the demigods at Puskara 75
Chapter 26  
Performance of Sacrifice by the Demigods 103
Chapter 27  
The Churning of the ocean of milk 111
Chapter 28  
Bali Maharaja performs a sacrifice at Prayaga. Lord Vamana takes away Bali’s kingdom by begging for three steps of land 121
Chapter 29  
Destruction of Daksa’s sacrifice by Lord Siva. Battle between Lord Visnu and Lord Siva 129
Chapter 30  
The Annihilation of the universe and Lord Visnu’s mystic slumber 151
Chapter 31  
The Pastimes of Lord Varaha 167
Chapter 32  
Creation of Mountains and sacred rivers by the Lord 183
Chapter 33  
Creation of Progeny by Lord Brahma descendents of Daksa 199
Chapter 34  
Lord Brahma divides the kingdom of the universe 217
Chapter 35  
Hiranyaksa leads the demons in battle against the demigods 229
Chapter 36  
Hiranyaksa slain by Lord Varaha 241
Chapter 37  
Instruction of Lord Narayana to Indra 249
Chapter 38  
Hiranyakasipu receives benedictions from Lord Brahma. Description of Hiranyakasipu’s assembly hall 259
Chapter 39  
Appearance of Lord Nrsimhadeva 283
Chapter 40  
Prayers of Prahlada Maharaja 289
Chapter 41  
Battle between Lord Nrsimhadeva and the demons 295
Chapter 42  
Battle Between Lord Nrsimhadeva and Hiranyakasipu 303
Chapter 43  
Hiranyakasipu’s strides agitate the entire universe 315
Chapter 44  
Lord Nrsimhadeva slays Hiranyakasipu prayers by the demigods 337
Chapter 45  
Bali Maharaja prepares to conquer the three worlds 351
Chapter 46  
Description of the demons as thy set out to conquer the demigods 361
Chapter 47  
Further descriptions of the demons 377
Chapter 48  
Further descriptions of the demons continued 387
Chapter 49  
Description of the army of the demigods 417
Chapter 50  
Commencement of the battle between the demigods and demons 437
Chapter 51  
Battle between Banasura and Savitra. Battle between the demon balaka and the Vasu Dhruva 453
Chapter 52  
Battles between Namuci and the Vasu Dhara Maya Danava and Tvasta Puloma and Vayu, the demon Hayagriva and pusa and Sambhara and bhaga 477
Chapter 53  
Battle between Virocana and the Sadhya Visvakasena. The demon kujambha goes on a rampage 525
Chapter 54  
Description of the battle between the demigods and demons 547
Chapter 55  
Further descriptions of the battle between the demigods and demons 569
Chapter 56  
Battles between Vrsaparva and Niskumbha and prahlada and Yamaraja 603
Chapter 57  
Battle between Anuhlada and Kuvera 633
Chapter 58  
Battle between Vipracitti and Varuna 657

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