About the Book:
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.
Excerpts from Review:
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.
-Sri Harivamsa, Harivamsa Parva 5
|Narada Informs Kamsa about his Imminent Danger||1|
|Kamsa Attempts to Kill Devaki's Embryo||11|
|The Glories of Narayani Devi||27|
|Kamsa Kills the Sons of Devaki||37|
|Vasudeva Advises Nanda to Reside at Vraja||55|
|The Killing of Sakatasura and Putana||65|
|The Uprooting of the Yamala-arjuna Trees||75|
|Krsna's Childhood Pastimes||85|
|The Vrajavasis Move from Gokula to Vrndavana||95|
|A Description of the Rainy Season||105|
|A Description of Krsna's beauty||117|
|Krsna Chastises Kaliya||133|
|Balarama kills Dhenukasura||147|
|Krsna Inquires about the Sacrifice to Please Indra||171|
Krsna Proposes the Worship of Goverdhana Hill
instead of an Indra sacrifice
The Cowherd Men Accept Krsna's Proposal and
Worship Goverdhana Hill
Indra Sends Devastating rainfall to Vrndavana
Krsna lifts Goverdhana Hill
|Indra Offers Prayers to Krsna and Performs the Abhiseka||221|
|Conversation Between the Cowherd Men and Krsna||249|
|The Killing of Aristasura||259|
Kamsa's sends Akrura to Vrndavana, to Bring
Krsna and Balarama
|King Andhaka Protests Kamsa's Abuse of Vasudeva||295|
|Krsna Kills the Kesi Demon||307|
|Akrura's Arrival in Vrndavana||327|
|Akrura Brings Krsna and Balarama to Mathura||337|
|Krsna and Balarama Enter Mathura||355|
Kamsa Orders the two Wrestlers, Canura and Mustika,
to kill Krsna
Krsna Kills the Elephant, Kuvalayapida, at the Gate
to the Wrestling Arena
Item Code: IDG290
Publisher: Ras Bihari Lal and Sons
Language: Transliteration, Roman with English Translation
Other Details: Weight of the Book: 1 Kg[/product_video]