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CONTENTS

 

 
Srimad Bhagavata-Mahapurana
 
 
  Mahatmya  
  Number of Discourses  
1 A dialogue between Narada and Bhakti (in a living form) 1
2 A dialogue between the Kumaras and Narada 8
3 Cessation of Bhakti's Suffering 15
4 Redemption of a Brahmana (Atmadeva) 22
5 How Gokarna attained final beatitude (alongwith others) 29
6 The procedure of hearing Srimad Bhagavata (in a week) detailed 36
 
Book One
 
1 Saunaka and other sages interrogate the famous Suta (Ugrasrava) 1
2 Glory of the Lord's narrative and of Devotion to Him 4
3 The Lord's Avataras or Descents into the world of matter 8
4 A sense of frustration overtakes Vedavyasa 12
5 Glory of singing the Lord's praises and an account of Devarsi Narada's previous life 16
6 The rest of the story of Narada's previous birth 20
7 Aswatthama assassinates Draupadi's sons and Arjuna in his turn curbs his pride. 24
8 The Lord delivers Pariksit in the womb and is extolled by Kunti; Yudhisthira gives way to grief 29
9 Yudhisthira and others call on Bhisma and the latter drops his mortal coil, extolling Sri Krsna 35
10 Sri Krsna's Departure to Dwaraka 40
11 Right royal reception of Sri Krsna at Dwaraka 45
12 Birth of Pariksit 49
13 Departure of Dhrtarastra and his wife Gandhari, for the forest at the instance of Vidura 53
14 King Yudhisthira grows apprehensive at the sight of evil omens and Arjuna returns from Dwaraka 60
15 Stricken and grief at their separation from Sri Krsna, the Pandavas install Pariksit on the throne of Hastinapura and ascend to heaven 64
16 Conquest of the world by king Pariksit and the dialogue between Dharma (the god of piety) and Mother Earth 71
17 King Pariksit subdues Kali 76
18 The youthful sage Srngi utters an imprecation against king Pariksit 80
19 Pariksit takes a vow of fasting till death and Suka pays a visit to him 83
 
Book Two
 
1 The process of meditation and the cosmic form of the Lord described 91
2 Concentration on the gross and subtle forms of the Lord and the two types of Mukti (Liberation), viz., Kramamukti or gradual Liberation and Sadyomukti or immediate Liberation 95
3 Worship of different deities for the gratification of various desires and the superiority of Devotion to the Lord 101
4 The king asks a question about the creation of the universe and the sage Suka commences his discourse 104
5 A description of the cosmos 107
6 Glories of the Cosmic Being 112
7 The stories of the Lord's sportful descents 118
8 King Pariksit asks various questions of the sage Suka 128
9 Brahma beholds the divine Abode of the Lord and is taught by Him the text of the Bhagavata, consisting of four couplets only 132
10 The ten characteristic features of the Bhagavata 138
 
Book Three
 
1 Meeting of Uddhava and Vidura 145
2 Uddhava recounts the childish sports of the Lord 151
3 A brief survey of the Lord's other exploits 155
4 As directed by Uddhava, Vidura calls on the sage Maitreya 158
5 The sage Maitreya describes the process of creation in reply to Vidura's question 163
6 Appearance of the cosmic Body 169
7 Vidura's questions 174
8 Brahma's manifestation 178
9 Brahma extols the Lord. 183
10 Description of the tenfold creation 189
11 Divisions of time such as Manvantara and so on 193
12 The multiplication of creation 198
13 The Lord's Descent as the Divine Boar 205
14 Diti's conception 212
15 Sanaka and his three brothers pronounce a curse against Jaya and Vijaya 217
16 The fall of Jaya and Vijaya from Vaikuntha 225
17 Birth of Hiranyakasipu and Hiranyaksa and the latter's conquest of the four quarters 229
18 Encounter of the divine Boar with Hiranyaksa 233
19 Death of Hiranyaksa 236
20 The various species of living beings created by Brahma 240
21 The sage Kardama practises austere penance and the Lord confers a boon on him 245
22 The sage Kardama accepts the hand of Devahuti 252
23 Amorous pastimes of Kardama and Devahuti 256
24 Descent of Lord Kapila 262
25 Lord Kapila expatiates on the glory of Devotion in response to the query of mother Devahuti 267
26 The process of evolution of the Mahat-tattva and other fundamental principles 271
27 How to attain Liberation through the differentiation of Matter and Spirit? 280
28 The process of the eightfold Yoga 283
29 True meaning of devotion and the glory of Time 289
30 Downfall of men attacked to their body, house etc. 294
31 The stages of growth of a human embryo. 297
32 Destiny of the souls departing from this world by the "Bright Path", the "Dark Path" and so on, and the superiority of Bhaktiyoga 303
33 Devahuti receives the light of wisdom and attains final beatitude 308
 
Book Four
 
1 The Progeny of Swayambhuva Manu's Daughters 313
2 Ill-feeling between Lord Siva and Daksa 319
3 Sati insists on joining the sacrificial festival at her father's 323
4 Sati burns herself with the fire of Yoga 326
5 Virabhadra wrecks Daksa's sacrifice and beheads him 331
6 Brahma and the other gods proceed to Kailasa and appease Lord Siva 335
7 Completion of Daksa's sacrifice 341
8 Dhruva's departure for the woods 350
9 Dhruva returns home after receiving a boon from the Lord 358
10 Uttama's death at the hands of the Yaksas and Dhruva's encounter with them 365
11 Swayambhuva Manu intervenes and persuades Dhruva to cease fighting. 368
12 Kubera confers a boon on Dhruva, who ascends to the abode of Lord Visnu 372
13 Dhruva's posterity and the narrative of king Anga 378
14 The story of king Vena 382
15 Descent and coronation of king Prthu 387
16 Glorification of king Prthu by the bards 390
17 King Prthu gets angry with Earth and the latter extols him 394
18 King Prthu milks Goddess Earth in the form of a cow 398
19 King Prthu milks Goddess Earth in the form of a cow 398
20 Lord Visnu manifests Himself in the sacrificial hall of king Prthu 406
21 King Prthu's teaching to his subjects 411
22 The sage Sanaka and his three brothers impart instruction to king Prthu 417
23 King Prthu practises asceticism and departs for the other world 425
24 The hymn sung by Lord Siva (and taught to the Pracetas) 429
25 Introductory part of the parable of Puranjana 438
26 Puranjana goes a hunting to the forest and the queen gets angry with him 444
27 Raid of Candavega against the capital o Puranjana and the story of Kalakanya 446
28 Puranjana is reborn as a woman and attains liberation through the teaching of his friend, Avijnata 449
29 The dialogue between king Pracinabarhi and the sage Narada (continued) 455
30 Bhagavan Visnu confers a boon on the Pracetas, who then return to their city and marry the foster-daughter of the trees. 465
31 The story of the Pracetas 471
 
Book Five
 
1 The story of Priyavrata 475
2 An account of Agnidhra 481
3 The descent of Lord Rsabha 485
4 The sovereignty of Rsabha 489
5 Lord Rsabhadeva instructs His sons and Himself takes to the life of an ascetic who has shaken off worldly feeling and obligation 492
6 Lord Rsabha quits His body 498
7 The story of Bharata 501
8 Bharata conceives an infatuation for a fawn and is reborn as a deer 504
9 Bharata reborn for a second time in a Brahmana family 509
10 T he meeting of Jadabharata with king Rahugana 514
11 Bharata's teaching to king Rahugana 519
12 Bharata Answers the query of Rahugana 522
13 Bharata allegorically represents this state or worldly existence as a forest and the doubts of Rahugana get resolved 525
14 Jadabharata elucidated the meaning of the allegory 529
15 An account of Priyavrata's posterity continued 536
16 A description of the terrestrial world 539
17 An account of the descent of the holy Ganga and a song of praise to Lord Sankarsana by the divine Sankara 544
18 A description of (the various Varsas) of the terrestrial globe continued 549
19 The description of Jambudwipa concluded 556
20 A description of the other six Dwipas and the mountain-range called Lokaloka 562
21 A description of the stellar sphere as well as of the chariot of the sun-god and his entourage 570
22 The relative position of the planets and their movements 575
23 The disposition of the stellar sphere represented in the form of a dolphin 580
24 The position of Rahu etc. and the limits of the heaven like subterranean regions 583
25 A supplement to the description of the subterranean system 589
26 A description of the infernal regions 593
 
Book Six
 
1 The introductory part of the story of Ajamila 603
2 The messengers of Lord Visnu expound the Bhagavata Dharma (the cult of Devotion) and Ajamila ascends to the Lord's supreme Abode 611
3 A dialogue between Yama (the god of retribution) and his messengers 618
4 Daksa extols the Lord, who appears in person before him 623
5 Narada subjected to an execration (by Daksa) 631
6 The posterity of Daksa through his sixty daughters 637
7 Deserted by the sage Brhaspati, the gods choose Viswarupa for their preceptor 642
8 The text of the (holy) Narayana-Kavaca (a prayer invoking the protection of Lord Narayana) taught (to Indra) 647
9 Indra slays Viswarupa; and routed by the demon Vrtra (the younger brother of Viswarupa), the gods call on the sage Dadhici at the instance of the Lord 654
10 An account of the conflict between Indra and Vrtra 664
11 Vrtra's teaching to Indra. 667
12 The demon Vrtra slain 671
13 Indra's Victory 675
14 The lament of Citraketu 678
15 Citraketu consoled 685
16 Citraketu realizes (his oneness with) the Supreme Spirit 688
17 Citraketu cursed (by goddess Parvati) 696
18 An account of the birth of the Maruts (the forty-nine wind-gods) 701
19 The procedure of observing the sacred vow of Pumsavana 710
 
Book Seven
 
1 A dialogue between Narada and Yudhisthira; the story of Jaya and Vijaya 714
2 Hiranyakasipu rids his mother (Diti) of her grief (caused by the death of his younger brother, Hiranyaksa) 719
3 Hiranyakasipu asks a number of boons (of Brahma, who is pleased with his austerities) 726
4 Hiranyakasipu's atrocities and Prahrada's virtues recounted 731
5 Hiranyakasipu attempts the life of Prahrada 736
6 Prahrada's teaching to the demon boys 742
7 (Prahrada's) teaching to the Daityas' sons 746
8 Lord Nrsimha extolled on the death of the demon king (at His hands) 752
9 A Eulogy of the Lord (by Prahrada) 760
10 (The story of) the conquest of Tripura 771
11 An Inquiry into right conduct 779
12 An inquiry into right conduct (continued) 786
13 The course of conduct prescribed for a Sanyasi and a dialogue between an Avadhuta and Prahrada 791
14 An inquiry into right conduct (continued) 791
15 An inquiry into right conduct (concluded) 803
 
Book Eight
 
1 The Manvantaras described 818
2 The lord of elephants is caught in the grip of an alligator 823
3 The leader of the elephants extols the Lord and is rescued from the dangerous situation 827
4 Deliverance of the lord of the elephants 833
5 The gods resort to Brahma and the latter glorifies the Lord 837
6 Transportation of Mount Mandara (to serve as a churn-staff for stirring the ocean of milk) 844
7 The gods and demons proceed to churn the ocean and Lord Siva drinks the poison appearing out of it. 849
8 The manifestation (in a personal form) of the Lords' (own) enchanting potency 855
9 Appearing in the form of Mohini (an enchanting damsel), the Lord deals out nectar among the gods 861
10 Outbreak of hostilities between the gods and the Asuras 864
11 Conclusion of the conflict between the god and the demons 870
12 Infatuation of Lord Sankara 874
13 An account of the (Concluding eight) Manvantaras 880
14 Functions of a Manu and other functionaries holding office in his administration 884
15 Conquest of heaven by Bali 886
16 The procedure of (observing the vow of) Payovrata disclosed to Aditi 890
17 The Lord manifests Himself before Aditi and grants her desired boon 897
18 The Lord appears as the divine Dwarf and visits the sacrificial performance of Bali 900
19 The Lord asks three paces of land of Bali, who gives his word; while Sukra remonstrates with him against this course 905
20 A vision of the Cosmic Body (of the Lord) 910
21 Bali put in bonds 914
22 A dialogue between king Bali and Lord Vamana 918
23 Freed from bondage, Bali enters the region of Sutala 923
24 The story of the descent of the divine fish recounted. 926
 
Volume II
 
 
Book Nine
 
1 The story of King Sudyumna, son of Vaivaswata Manu 1
2 The posterity of Karusa and other four sons of Vaivaswata Manu 5
3 The story of the Sage Cyavana and his wife Sukanya; the posterity of King Saryati 9
4 The stories of Nabhaga and king Ambarisa 12
5 The story of Ambarisa (concluded) 21
6 the posterity of Ikswaku: the stories of Mandhata and the sage Saubhari 24
7 The story of King Hariscandra 30
8 The story of King Sagara 34
9 The story of King Bhagiratha: the descent of the holy Ganga 38
10 An account of Sri Rama's pastimes 44
11 The other pastimes of Sri Rama 51
12 The genealogy of (the remaining kings of) Ikswaku's line 55
13 The posterity of Nimi described 57
14 A brief survey of the Lunar Dynasty 60
15 The stories of Rcika, Jamadagni and Parasurama 64
16 Extermination of the Ksatriyas by Parasurama: an account o the posterity of the sage Viswamitra 69
17 The posterity of Kings Ksatravrddha, Raji and other of the Lunar Dynasty 72
18 The story of Yayati 74
19 Yayati's Renunciation 79
20 The posterity of Puru and the stories of Dusyanta and Bharata 82
21 The posterity of Bharata and the story of Rantideva 86
22 The genealogy of the Pancalas, the Kurus and the kings of Magadha 90
23 An account of the posterity of Anu, Druhyu, Turvasu and Yadu 95
24 An account of the posterity of Yadu 99
 
Book Ten (First Half)
 
1 The Lord reassures Mother Earth; Vasudeva marries Devaki and Kamsa dispatches the six sons of Devaki 105
2 The Lord enters the womb of Devaki and is extolled by the gods 112
3 Advent of Lord Sri Krsna 118
4 Slipping from the grip of Kamsa, Yogamaya asgamaya ascends to the heavens and utters a prophecy 124
5 Festivities connected with the Birth of Lord Sri Krsna at Gokula 129
6 Deliverance of Putana 132
7 Deliverance of the demon Trnavarta 138
8 The Naming Ceremony of the Lord and His Infantile Sports 143
9 Grace (showered) on Yasoda 149
10 The imprecation pronounced (on Kubera's sons) by Narada (and their consequent redemption) 151
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