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Volume 1

Preface

I may be running the risk of stating the obvious when I say that one cannot just start writing on such supremely holy works as Srimad Bhaagavatha in the absence of there being a divine signal in some form. Yes, there may have been just an initial thought in my mind that such a great work by Bhagavaan Vyaasa should reach a large number of people. I felt that if I could render the contents in the form of stories or episodes making them interesting through a lucid and racy style, and a well-rounded narration without sacrificing any 'rasa', and simultaneously maintain the core-coherence of the original, new readers may be drawn to lay their hands on this Mahaapuraana.

I mentioned about the divine signal. Believe it, just without any effort on my part, a full set of books fell on my lap for my reference from a totally unexpected source to augment the books in my library: the person before gifting it had merely asked me to tell him in a nutshell as to why this puraana was so important and what was in it after all? The belief that God thought that I had it in me to make an attempt (with Himself leading the way) strengthened and I was on my way within a few weeks; the maiden volume covering the first four out of a total twelve 'skandhas' got written in record time, a tribute to Lord's unseen hand!

Besides this above incident, a very religious person who is extremely busy in his DTP work for his regular customers and experienced in handling such work agreed to take it up - in fact he considered it a godsend to be entrusted with such a holy mission! He completed typing the first volume (4 Skandhas) with great speed.

The first volume has, besides some prepratory coverage, about ninety stories/sub-stories and episodes. I have thought it appropriate to talk about Bhaagavatha's significance at the beginning of each volme rather than covering it in a single (first) volume since the introductory details themselves are so extensive to form a book.

I will be extremely pleased if this presentation is found interesting and useful by the readers, particularly those who keep postponing their decision to lay their hands on such a great religious and thought- provoking classic. The Lord Himself has rcommended everyone to profit by it and I feel rewarded that He let 'yours truly' to be connected with it in a small way.

I thank Sri Suresh and his wife Sow. Bhargavi for the DTP type- setting and Kiran Ranganathan for the attractive cover design. The Priners, Ganesh Maruthi Printing Press, are also to be thanked for timely printing.

Introduction

Srimad Bhaagavatha occupies a unique place in the religious literature of our country. Even as a work of Sanskrit literature its place is quite high. While other puraanas talk about dharma, artha, Kaama and moksha, Srimad Bhaagavatha deals with moksha alone. It is considered 'the head quarters of divine love in theory and practice'. The veritable treasure house of devotional literature that Bhaagavatha is, it illustrates 'the function and the efficacy of bhakthi', Sri Raamaanuja, utilised this puraana for the doctrine of faith in a great measure. 'Bhaagavatha Puraana is steeped and drenched in bhakthi, 'a surging emotion which thrills the whole frame'.

The place occupied by this Mahaapuraana can be gauged by the fact that the number of commentaries written on it is only next to Srimad Bhagavadgita. The commentaries on it are also varied-advaithic, dvaithic, vishistaadvaithic, dvaithaadvaithic and so on - that it has earned the name' Shaasthrasaarvabhauma'.

Moksha apart what benefits does this puraana confer? If at all one is looking for material benefits like good progeny, fulfillment of unfulfilled desires, marriage, freedom from debts/ enemies/misfortunes, and the clutches of spirits, all these and many more benefits can achieve. But the main goal is to achieve Bhakthi, jnaana and Vairaagya. It is declared that the servant of bhakthi viz., mukthi, comes to you by herself (mukthim dhaaseem dadhau Thubhyam).

There may be some tendency to consider Puraanaas as 'old legends' and show neglect, but their contents are ever fresh (naveenam) and are as relevant to modern times as ever before. Further it is recognised that the interpretations in Puranaas help in a better understanding of the Vedas. Chandogya Upanishad declares that "ithihaasapuraaanam panchama Vedaanaam Vedham" (Puraanas are the fifth Veda).

The Puraanas are divided into three types 'Saathvic, Raajasa and thaamasa' each comprising six puraanas. Srimad Bhaagavatha being of the sathvic category speaks about the greatness of Lord Vishnu (saathvikeshu puraaneshu maahaathmyamadhikam hareh : Mathsya Puraana : 53/67). The main stories pertain to Sri Krishna, Sri Kapila, Sri Narasimha, Sri Varaaha and other avataaras, all meant to re-establish Dharma : 'Dharmasya hyaapavargasya' (the outcome of Dharma is moksha').

'Virat Swaroopa' of the Lord which appears in this volume is in a way a commentry on Purusha sooktha. This puraana also emphasizes the three routes viz., jnaana, karma and bhakthi yogas as does Bhagavadgita.

In regard to the etymology of the word 'Bhaagavatha', bhaga connotes wealth, desire, greatness, strength etc and the connotation qualifies the Lord only. And the treatise concerns the Lord who is also known as Vaasudeva, Vishnu, Naarayana, Krishna; the Lord is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent; the Vedas declare Him thus: antharbahischha tathsarvam vyaapya naarayanah sthithah'. This puraana deals with Bhagavaan in various ways and expounds His favourite Bhaagavatha Dharma. It elucidates bhakthi towards the Lord, a boat available to reach His feet. The contents of this puraana comprise a number of stories and episodes through each of which Vyaasa muni wishes to drive home a message.

Volume 2

Preface

The first volume of Srimad Bhaagavatha Mahaapuraana was released both in India and the USA. Those who are conversant with this Puraana liked the style of presentation and the size - four skandhas have been covered in the first volume.

Looking back at the circumstances leading to its writing which I covered in some measure in Volume 1, one of the most important happenings got left out. That was my visit to Vyaasa muni's peeta at Naimishaaranya. This is one of the 106 holy places which normally a Srivaishnava visits. The visit took place a year or so before I thought of writing this Puraana. Due to an attack of a funny disease my body flexibility had taken a beating, and I prostrated to the 'peeta' by just bending forward and touching the ground. The pujaari, a learned person, noticing it, encouraged me to try full-body prostration! Not quite confident though, I managed it with effort. He said when the muni is in your midst, what is not possible!

Indeed it is with Vyaasa muni's anugraha only the present volume also has been completed covering five skandhas, 5 - 9. The famous tenth skandha will of course take the pride of place in a single volume. It is also the longest skandha accounting for thirty percent of the total size.

Despite my many commitments writing of this volume was completed expeditiously. As I observed in my first volume, the unseen hand carries your pen through.

I thank the couple, Suresh and Bhaargavi of Arka Creations, for the beautiful DTP work, Shaaradha Prasad for timely printing and Kiran of Graphic Design for an attractive cover. My wife has helped in correction of the draft copies.

Introduction

In the first volume of Srimad Bhaagavatham spanning four skandhas, over ninety stories were presented. The volume in hand, the second in the series covers five skandhas, and as many as 108 stories are narrated. The main stories which are compellingly important for one to read are:

1) Jadabharatha

2) Ajamila

3) Vishwaroopa's teaching of "Naaraayana Kavacha" to Indra.

4) Dialogue between Naarada and Yudhishtira

5) Gajendra Moksha

6) Yayaathi's full story

It does not mean that others are not important but sometimes reading a book leaves behind some memorable aspects/titles in one's mind. All the stories pick up some threads and your knowledge about the Lord and devotion to Him increase strengthening your faith in Him.

With the narration of stories/episodes in the nine skandhas covered so far, including this book, we will be venturing next into the most sacred 'Dashama Skandha' to be with the Lord witnessing all his exploits. It may be mentioned here that one comes across on many occasions speakers choosing to lecture on 'Dashama Skandha' only. We would rather leave it to the reader to find an answer and the prime reason, when he reads that part of Bhaagavatha, the third volume in our case, which will follow in a few months.

Volume 3

Preface

It gives me great pleasure to be able to complete the tenth chapter or 'Dashama Skandha' as it is known of the holy Srimad Bhagavatha Mahaa Puraana. Even listening to one or two stories from the Puraana has great purifying effects on the individual. It is indeed like a 'yajna' to write and complete the Dashama Skandha, which is the most celebrated part of Bhagavatha covering Lord's exploits in reducing the burden of evil on earth.

The tenth chapter, a single skandha, comprises 90 stories/episodes and accounts for almost 30 percent of the entire Bhagavatha puraana. It has episodes related to such well known characters like Kamsa/Chaanora, Shishupaala/Danthavakra, Narakaasura, Banaasura, Poudraka, Shaalva besides sports like Raaskreeda and lifting of Govardhan mountain. What more, we get a glimpse of Lord's life through the eyes of Naaradha who visits as many palaces as he could, of Sri Krishna's 16,000 queens. Depiction of Viraha and attendant outpourings of gopis are a class of the hightest form of bhakthi, a pitch not even attained by 'rishis' and 'munis'. Add to this, Draupadhi's curiosity to know from Sri Krishna's prime queens the episodes of their wedding with Him. All these go to make 'dashama skandha' the most compelling part of this Puraana or all Puraanas, which one should read. One could even say that one should have had earned that great fortune to hear or read the 'Dashama Skandha'.

I am lucky to have enlisted the services of a couple which has become a part of this project and feel so elated to undertake the DTP typesetting. They have indeed earned that great fortune! I thank Smt. Bhargavi Suresh and Sri Suresh of Arka Creations, for 'enjoying' as it were this work. I also thank Sri Sharada Prasad and Suresh of Ganesh Maruti printers for timely printing, and Mahesh and Naveen of Hamsaniketan for an attractive design of outside cover. I pray that Sri Krishna showers His blessing on all the participants of the "yajna'.

Introduction

While talking about the greatness of Srimad Bhaagavatha in the last volume it was stated that we would continue the introduction in subsequent volumes also, as the introduction covering its importance itself could form a big book. We had stopped at Bhakthi devi's quieies to Naaradha regarding Kaliyuga and the muni's reply in terms of 'Yuga dharma'.

Naaradha makes efforts to eliminate Bhakthi devi's sufferings-she had two prematurely graying sons who were lying without energy to get up, named 'jnaana' and 'Vairagya'. He tried to wake up the two children through reciting of Veda /Upanishaad /Gita texts in their ears very closely. They just get up, but due to lethargy and weakness they just went back to sleep! he hears a voice in the air which said: 'Don't you worry, you maharashi! you will succeed in your mission but you will have to undertake a noble task about which some saints will tell you.

Naaradha went in search of the saints and none of the rishis/munis he met could help him; all that they said was it was impossible to accomplish. Totally distraught he decided to undertake tapas and went to Badrikaashrama. To his surprise he found Sanaka and others appear in front of him as though they were like thousands of suns. Naaradha addresses them; 'O! sons of Brahma! it is indeed extremely fortunate that I have met you all. You keep drinking the nector of Lord's stories all the time. Pray tell me as to what task I should undertake. Please explain how Bhakthi, Jnaana and Vairagya can be rejuvenated. '

The Sanakas responded :'0 ! devarashi. Do not pine. Rishis and munis have recommended various ways but they all lead to heaven only. Listen therefore carefully and with calmness. The intellectuals have declared 'jnaana yajna' as the noble route, that being the reading (paaraayana) of Srimad Bhaagavatha sung by Shukamuni and other mahaathmas. If one hears the utterances, Bhakthi-Jnaana-Vairaagya will receive extraordinary strengths. Jnaana and Vairyaagya will overcome their difficulty and will roar like lions; with the result Bhakthi devi will feel elated".

But Naaradha queries them further:

"Efforts to make them listen to veda /vedantha /Gita did not have any effect on them. If that be so how can the method of making them hear Srimad Bhaagavatha wake them up? After all each sloka therein contains 'Vedartha' only. Please clear this doubt.

Greatness of Srimad Bhaagavatha : Sanakas declare

The stories in Bhaagavatha, although being the kernel of Vedas /Upanishads are of the form of 'Phala' (outcome) and therefore they are far more effective. It is just like that for enjoying the sweetness continued in the roots and branches of a fruit-tree, one has to eat its fruit; otherwise it will not be known. Similarly the ghee contained in the milk has to be separated from milk to savour it. So also the juice/sugar contained in the sugarcane. So is the core/kernel of Vedas/Upanishads which is Srimad Bhaagavatha.

It is you yourself who, when Veda Vyaasa was distraught, taught him four 'slokas' from Srimad Bhagavatha and the author of Bhagavad Gita felt relieved. How is it that you yourself are asking about it us now?

Naaradha responds: O!great saints! A moment's 'darshan' of saints like you will eliminate all sins. Those caught in the forest - fire of 'samsaara' will achieve peace immediately. You keep drinking the nectar of Lord's stories from Aadisesha's thousand mouths. I surrender unto you. When a man achieves the fortune of meeting saintly-people then only he will overcome the darkness due to ignorance and ego, resulting in Viveka (wisdom/discrimination).

Naaradha queries further: I shall undertake the 'Yajnaa' to reestablish / rejuvenate Bhakthi, Jnaana and Vairaagya. Pray tell me about the location as to where I should undertake it, the number of days within which it should be recited and how it should be listened to. Please tell me about the whole process.

Sanakas relpy : O! Naaradha! Since you are humble and wise we shall let you know everything about it. Please listen. There is a spot near Hardwaar (Gangaadwaara) known as Anandha! It has been frequented by several rishis, devathas and siddhas. It has a variety of plants, trees and creepers. It has a soft sand bed area. It is having the fragrance wafted by lotus. The area is inhabited by animals like lions and elephants, traditionally enemies, moving about with a friendly attitude. Without any great preparation you can undertake the 'jnaana yajna' there. The 'yajna' will yield lofty rasa and Bhakthi devee will bring her two children fully rejuvenated (we shall continue the story further in our concluding volume, that is, Volume 4).

Contents

Volume 1
Prefacei
Contentsiii
Introductionix
The Trail of Srimad Bhaagavatha down the agesxi
Bhagavatha Dharma/Birth of Bhagavatha Puraanaxii
Bhagavatha, a nectary fruit descending to this worldxiii
Outcome of Partaking in Bhagavatha Sapthahaxiii
Dhyanaslokaxiv
The First Skandha
1The First Story Starts Thus1
2The Story of Ashwatthama beheading Draupadhi's sons; and Arjuna's revenge2
3Story of Parikshith's Birth3
4The Famous Prayer of Kunthi to Lord Krishna4
5Yudhishtira's Remorse and Desire to Know Dharma Rahasya from Bheeshma6
6The story of Krishna's departure from Hastinaapura and return to Dwaaraka9
7Reception to Sri Krishna on reaching Dwaaraka11
8The Story Relating to Parikshith's Birth12
9Pangs of separation from the Lord, Sri Krishna, resulting in Parikshith ascending the throne14
10King Parikshith's all round victories and the dialogue between Dharma and Prithvi18
11The story of Parikshith vanquishing Kalipurusha20
12The story as to how Parikshith attracts Rishi Shrungi's curse22
13Parikshith's remorse following the hunting spree and Praayopavesha: Enter Shukadeva25
The Second Skandha
14Bhaagavatha Puraana: Shuka Maharshi's Response28
15Virat Purusha's description30
16Lord's large and small forms: Departure of a Yogi from this world32
17Worshipping lesser Gods and importance of Bhakthi in the Lord34
18Parikshith's queries to Shuka Muni on creation (Sootha Puraanika responds to Shaunaka rishi)36
19Narration of Creation38
20Vibhoothis (worlds) of Virat form (VISHWA ROOPA)41
21Lord's Leela Avataras45
22Lord's Avataaras in Manvantharas49
23Parikshith's several queries53
24The story of Brahma Deva seeing The Lord's abode55
25Lord's narration of "Chathusloki Bhagavatha"57
26Shuka Muni's description of the ten aspects of Srimad Bhagavatha58
The Third Skandha
27The Dialogue Between Uddhava and Vidhura and drawing of a parallel with Parikshith's questions62
28Uddhava's narration of Lord's sports/miracles to Vidhura64
29Dialogue between Vidhura and Uddhava continues66
30Bidding farewell to Uddhava: Vidhura goes to see Maithreya68
31Vidhura Queries Maithreya: Description of the pattern of creation71
32Maithreya's narration to Vidhura: Creation or the birth of Viraat Shareera75
33Dialogue between Maithreya and Vidhura78
34Creation of Brahma Deva: (Maithreya starts narration of Srimad Bhagavatha)81
35Brahma's prayer to the Lord84
36Ten types of creation91
37Manvantharas and Division of Time: Manvanthara will also be dealt with in fifth Skandha94
38Maithreya's Elaboration of Creation97
39The Story of Varaahaavataara102
40The story of Dithi-Kashyapa's Dialogue107
41Jaya and Vijaya earn Sanaka brothers' wrath110
42The Episode of the exit of Jaya-Vijaya from Sri Vaikunta115
43The story of the birth of Hiranyaaksha and Hiranyakashipu: Former's serial victories119
44Hiranyaaksha's fight with Lord Varaaha121
45Killing of Hiranyaaksha124
46Description of Brahmadeva's multi-faceted creation127
47Kardhama Prajaapathi's Tapas and Lord's Bestowing of the Boon132
48The auspicious story of the marriage of Devahoothi and Kardhama137
49Stories of Devahoothis' service to husband, their holiday tours in a plane built by Kardhama and birth of daughters140
50Lord Kapila's Avataara144
51Kapila's description of Bhakthi Yoga's Greatness in response to Devahoothi's queries148
52The description of the creation of Mahath and different real forms152
53Achieving Moksha through understanding of Prakrithi and Purusha157
54Asthanga Yoga's Procedure159
55Bhakthi Maarga's route and the greatness of time (Kaala)162
56Abysmal end met by persons passionate about their bodies and homes166
57The Growth of the Egg (Garbha)169
58The courses of those travelling through Archiraadhi and Dhoomaadhi Margas and loftiness of Bhakthi Yoga173
59Devahoothi acquiring Tathvajnaana and receiving Moksha177
The Fourth Skandha
60Swaayambhoo Manu's Daughters: Narration of their lineage181
61The story related to Shiva's father-in-law, Daksha, and latter's enmity186
62The story of Sathi insisting on attending the yajna which her father was conducting188
63The story of Sathi's entering the fire190
64a. Veerabhadra Swami destroys the yajna: Killing of Daksha193
b. Devathas go to Kailaasa to pacify Shiva195
65Daksha yajna's repetition and completion199
66The episode of Dhruva going to the forest and doing 'Tapas'208
67Dhruva returns home after getting boons from the Lord214
68Story of Yaksha killing Utthama: Dhruva fights Yakshas220
69Swaayambhoo Manu exhorts Dhruva to call off the war222
70Story of Dhruva getting boon from Kubera and his reaching Vishnu loka225
71Dhruva's lineage: and the story of Anga Mahaaraaja229
72The story of king Vena232
73The story of Prithu's birth and his installation as emperor234
74The story of bards praising the emperor Prithu236
75Prithu gets angry with Bhoodevi: Bhoodevi prays to Him238
76The story of King Prithu milking Bhoodevi who is in cow form241
77Prithu performs a hundred (?) Ashwamedha yajnas243
78Indra is jealous of Prithu Chakravarthy243
79Story of Lord blessing Prithu in his yajna hall246
80Story of Prithu's advice to his people249
81Sanakas' exhortation to emperor Prithu253
82Story of king Prithu's Great 'Tapas' and journey to Paramapadha259
83Prithu's genealogy and Rudra Deva's message to Prachethsa (Yogaadesha)262
84The sub-story of Puranjana270
85Story of Puranjana 's hunting spree leading to wife's anger275
86Side-story of attack on Puranjana's city by Chandavega, the Gandharva king and the story of Kaalakanya277
87The story of Puranjana taking birth as a female and getting liberation through teachings of Avinjnaatha279
88Messages flowing from Puranjanopakhyaana284
89The story of Prachethasas getting a boon from Mahaavishnu and marriage with Maarishe (Vaarkshi)297
90Story of Prachethasas attaining Paramapadha following Naaradha's advice302
Volume 2
Prefacei
Contentsii
Introductionix
Significance of the term 'Bhaagavatha'x
Greatness of Bhaagavathax
Bhakthi queries him againxii
The Fifth Skandha
1The Story of Priyavratha1
2Episode related to Aagneedhra3
3The story of the Lord Rhishaba descending through Naabhi4
4The Story of Lord Rishabha6
5The Story of Rishabhadeva: Taking to the life of an ascetic7
6Rishabhadeva giving up his body10
7The story of Bharatha10
8The story of Bharatha being reborn as a deer11
9The Story of Bharatha's next birth in a Braahmana family12
10The story of Jadabharatha meeting King Rahoogana14
11The story of Bharatha teaching Rahoogana17
12Bharatha's discourse continues: (Material world compared to a forest: queries raised by Rahoogana get clarified)20
13Jadabharatha explains hidden meanings to King Rahoogana23
14The story of the growth of Priyavratha's family tree26
15The world at large: Features28
16Descent of Ganga and Shankara's Eulogy of Sankarshana Bhagawaan31
17More Varshas in the Universe: A Description34
18Concluding Description of Jambhoodweepa: Bhaarathavarsha37
19The Other Six Islands and Mountains: Description40
20Sun's chariot and description of duration/speeds44
21Different planets and their speeds45
22Shishumaara, the wheel: A Description47
23Raahu's position and description of nether worlds48
24Description of Sri Sankarshana and Prayer52
25Various stages in Hell54
The Sixth Skandha
26Preliminary coverage about Ajaamila58
27Vishnu's messengers teach Bhaagavatha dharma to Yamadhoothas: Ajaamila attains the abode of Srimannaaraayana62
28Dialogue between Yama and his Dhoothas65
29Daksha's eulogy of the Lord and Lord's manifestation70
30Daksha's sons take to asceticism following Naradha's teaching: Daksha's curse to Naaradha75
31Daksha Prajaapathi's expansion of family: Sixty daughters79
32Brihaspathi deserting Indra: Vishwaroopa getting accepted as Acharya by gods83
33Vishwaroopa teachers Indra the Naaraayana kavacha86
34Vishwaroopa getting killed by Indra: Vruthraasura vanquishing Devathas and at Lord's bidding they meet Dadheechi Rishi90
35Devathas acquire Dhadheechi's Bones and make Vajraayudha and vanquish Vrathra's Army97
36Vrutthraasura's brave words and his Eulogy to the Lord99
37Vruthraasura's End102
38Indra enveloped with 'Brahmahathyadosha'104
39Vrutharaasura's past History106
40Maharshis Naaradha and Angirasa exhort Chitrakethu110
41Chitrakethu's realisation: Sri Sankarshana Appears113
42Chithrakethu's eulogy of Sri Sankarshana Bhagawaan116
43Chithrakethu attracts Paarvathi's curse119
44Progenies of Dithi and Adithi and birth of Maruth Gods122
45The step-wise account of Pumsavana penance129
The Seventh Skandha
46Dialogue between Naaradha and Yudhishtira and the story of Jaya- Vijaya132
47Hiranyakashipu pacifying the sorrowing mother and relatives after the killing of Hiranyaaksha137
48Hiranyakashipu's tapas and acquisition of boon141
49Hiranyakashipu's Cruelties and Prahlaadha's noble qualities144
50Hiranyakashipu's attempts to kill Prahlaadha147
51Prahlaadha's teaching to Asura boys153
52Prahlaadha's narration of teaching from Naaradha while still in mother's womb156
53Sri Narasimha's avataara: Killing of Hiranyakashipu: Devathas led by Brahma eulogise the Lord160
54Prahlaadha's praise of the Lord Narasimha167
55Installation of Prahlaadha as king, and conquering of Tripura175
56Manushya dharma, varna dharma and sthree dharma - an enquiry into respective conduct181
57Conduct in Brahmacharya and Vaanaprastha aashramas185
58Conduct of Yathis (sannyaasis) and a dialogue between Prahlaadha and Avadhootha189
59Conduct of a Grihastha193
60Right conduct for Grihasthas to achieve moksha197
Skandha Eight
61Description of Manvantharas208
62The story of the king of elephants getting caught by an alligator211
63Gajendra's eulogy of the Lord: Gajendra moksha213
64Previous history of the elephant and crocodile: Deliverance of both219
65All devathas go to Brahma: Eulogy on the Lord by Brahma221
66Devathas-Asuras churn the ocean227
67Churning of ocean starts: Paramashiva swallows the poison230
68Appearance of amrutha and Lord's Mohini manifestation234
69The Lord distributes the nectar in Mohini manifestation238
70Fight breaks between Devathas and Asuras240
71Deva-Asura battle ends243
72Mahaadeva's infatuation with Mohini's form245
73Description of the seven Manvantharas which are yet to follow249
74The duties of Manu and others252
75Bali's conquest of heaven and the story of Vaamanaavataara253
76Kashyapa teaches Adithi the special vow named payovratha256
77The Lord appears and gives boon to Adhithi261
78The Lord born as Vaamana to Adhithi enters Bali's yajnashaala264
79Vaamana asks for three feet (paces) of land: Bali promises: Shukrachaarya disagrees267
80Sri Vaamana Moorthy assumes body of cosmic proportions and measures the earth and heaven271
81Bali in fetters274
82Bali's eulogy of the Lord: Bali gets Lord's darshan277
83Bali getting freed from bondage and reaching Suthalaloka281
84The story of Mathsyaavathaara284
Skandha Nine
85The story of Vaivaswatha Manu's son, king Sudhyumna291
86Narration of Vaivaswatha Manu's lineage294
87The story of Chyavana and Sukanya: The lineage of the king Sharyaathi297
88The story ofNaabhaaga and Ambareesha299
89Dhoorvaasa overcomes his predicament306
90Delineation of Ikshvaaku dynasty: Tales of Saubari and Maandhaatha rishis309
91The story of Thrishanku and Harischandra314
92Sagara's story316
93The story of Bhageeratha and Ganges descent to this world320
94Sri Raama's adventures (leelas) a narration (Raamaayana)325
95Description of Sri Raama's host of noble qualities333
96Description of the other Ikshvaaku kings337
97King Nimi's genealogy338
98Description of Lunar dynasty342
99The story of Rucheeka-Jamadhagni and Parashuraama347
100Killing of all Kshathriyas by Parashuraama: Description of Viswaamithra's lineage351
101Description of Kshathravruddha and other kings354
102The story of Yayaathi357
103Yayaathi leaves his home362
104Pooroo's lineage: Stories' of Dushyantha and Bharatha365
105Story of Bharatha's lineage and Ranthideva369
106Description of kings ruling Paanchaala, Kaurava and Magadha374
107Narration of Dynasties: Anu, Druhyu, Thurvasu and Yadhu382
108Description Vidharbha clan387
Volume 3
Prefacei
Contentsii
Introductionvii
The Tenth Skandha (First Section)
1Background details of Lord Krishna's birth: Lord pacifying mother Earth: Marriage of Vasudeva-Devaki: Kamsa killing six off-springs of Devaki1
2The Lord enters Devaki's womb: devathas praise Him7
3The birth of the Lord, Sri Krishna13
4Yogamaaya announces future events after escaping from Kamsa's hands20
5Birthday celebrations of the Lord in Gokula25
6Poothana's good end28
7The story of Shakataasura and deliverance of Thrunaavartha33
8The Naming Ceremony - Miracles as a child37
9Sri Krishna gets tied to the mortar44
10Felling arjuna trees for releasing Kubera's sons from Naaradha's curse47
11Gopalas leave Gokula for Vrindaavan: Killing of Vathsaasura and Bakaasura- their liberation52
12Agaasura attains oneness with the Lord58
13Brahma's infatuation and finally getting over it63
14Brahma's eulogy of Sri Krishna70
15Dhenukaasura episode - saving gopa boys from Kaaliya's poison80
16Showing mercy to Kaaliya85
17The story behind Kaaliya's arrival in Yamunaa: rescuing Vrajavaasis from a wild fire93
18Slaying of Pralambaasura95
19Sri Krishna saves gopalakas and the cattle from forest fire98
20Description of rainy and autumnal seasons99
21Venu geetha101
22Sri Krishna snaches away the garments of cowherd maids106
23Sri Krishna's act of compassion towards wives of bhraahmanas110
24The Lord stops sacrifice to Indra116
25Sri Krishna lifting the Govardhana mount120
26Nandhagopa and others' keenness to understand Sri Krishna's power122
27Govindha pattabhisheka126
28Sri Krishna frees Nandhagopa from Varuna loka129
29Description of Sri Krishna's most-eulogised Raasa sport131
30Gopis' pangs of seperation138
31Gopikaa geethe (Gopis' songs)143
32The Lord appears to pacify the gopis146
33Mahaaraasa-kreede: (Raasa play)149
34The Lord saves Sudharshan and does away with Shankachooda153
35Gopis' mutual talk: pangs of separation conveyed156
36Killing of Arishtaasura: Kamsa despatching Akroora to Vraja159
37Killing of Keshi and Vyomaasura: Naaradha eulogises the Lord163
38Akroora's journey to Vraja166
39Balaraama and Sri Krishna travel to the city of Mathura accompanied by Akroora172
40Akroora's eulogy of the Lord Sri Krishna178
41Sri Krishna enters Mathura182
42Showing mercy to the hunch-backed woman: Breaking a huge bow: Worried Kamsa187
43Killing of Kuvalayaapeeda and entering the amphitheatre190
44Killing of Chaanoora-Mushtika and Kamsa193
45Thread ceremony of Raama-Krishna: their admission to gurukula196
46Uddhava's journey to Vraja201
47Uddhava and gopis converse: bhramara geetha206
48The Lord visits the hunch-back (Seirandhri) and Akroora217
49Akroora's journey to Hasthinaapura221
Second Section of Tenth Skanda
50Battle with Jharaasandha: construction of Dwaaraka
51Kaalayavana getting burnt: The story of Muchukundha230
52Reaching Dwaaraka: Balaraam's wedding: arrival of Braahmana with Rukmini's message236
53The abduction of Rukmini241
54Defeat of Shishupaala and his allies, and Rukmi: Sri Krishna-Rukmini marriage245
55The Birth of Pradhyumna: Killing of Shambaraasura251
56The Story of Shyamanthaka gem: Sri Krishna's wedding with Jhaambhavathi and Sathyabhaama253
57Theft of Shyamanthaka Gem: The killing of Shathadhanva: getting Akroora to Dwaaraka257
58Sri Krishna's other marriage celebrations261
59Killing of Narakaasura: Sri Krishna's marriage with sixteen thousand and one hundred princesses267
60Dialogue between Sri Krishna and Rukmini272
61Description of Sri Krishna's lineage: Aniruddha's marriage: killing of Rukmi281
62Usha meets Aniruddha285
63Baanaasura's fight with Sri Krishna288
64The Story of Nrugaraaja293
65Balaraama arrives at Vraja (Gokula)298
66Sri Krishna slaying Poundraka and others301
67Dwividha getting killed by Balaraama304
68Balaraama's wrath against Kauravas: Saamba's marriage306
69Naaradha gets an Insight into Sri Krishna's domestic life310
70Sri Krishna's routine: He recieves message from kings held captive by Jharaasandha314
71Sri Krishna's travels to Indraprastha319
72Paandavas preparation for Raajasooya Yaaga and Jharaasandha getting killed323
73The Kings' departure after send-off: Sri Krishna returns to Indraprastha with Bheema and Arjuna327
74Sri Krishna to receive the prime pooja: killing of Shishupaala330
75Completion of Raajasooya Yaaga: Duryodhana getting insulted335
76Yaadhavas' fight with Shaalva339
77Killing of Shaalva341
78Killing of Danthavakra and Vidhooratha and Balaraama killing Soothapuraanika during a piligrimage345
79Balawala's killing by Balaraama: piligrimage349
80The story of Kuchela352
81Sudhaama acquring wealth357
82Balaraama and Krishna meet gopis362
83Draupadhi's talks with Sri Krishna's queens (spouses)367
84Vasudeva performs yajna375
85The Lord teaches Brahma-Jnaana (vedantha) to Vasudeva: Sri Krishna brings back the six children lost by his mother, Devaki382
86Abduction of Subhadra by Arjuna: Sri Krishna entering Mithila king, Janaka's palace and the Braahmana, Shruthadeva's house simultaneously389
87Vedas' praises (Sthuthies)397
88The story of Vrukaasura415
89The episode of Bhrigu Maharshi testing the Thrimoorties: the Lord bringing back to life the dead braahmana boy420
90Sri Krishna's love-sports427

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Volume 1

Preface

I may be running the risk of stating the obvious when I say that one cannot just start writing on such supremely holy works as Srimad Bhaagavatha in the absence of there being a divine signal in some form. Yes, there may have been just an initial thought in my mind that such a great work by Bhagavaan Vyaasa should reach a large number of people. I felt that if I could render the contents in the form of stories or episodes making them interesting through a lucid and racy style, and a well-rounded narration without sacrificing any 'rasa', and simultaneously maintain the core-coherence of the original, new readers may be drawn to lay their hands on this Mahaapuraana.

I mentioned about the divine signal. Believe it, just without any effort on my part, a full set of books fell on my lap for my reference from a totally unexpected source to augment the books in my library: the person before gifting it had merely asked me to tell him in a nutshell as to why this puraana was so important and what was in it after all? The belief that God thought that I had it in me to make an attempt (with Himself leading the way) strengthened and I was on my way within a few weeks; the maiden volume covering the first four out of a total twelve 'skandhas' got written in record time, a tribute to Lord's unseen hand!

Besides this above incident, a very religious person who is extremely busy in his DTP work for his regular customers and experienced in handling such work agreed to take it up - in fact he considered it a godsend to be entrusted with such a holy mission! He completed typing the first volume (4 Skandhas) with great speed.

The first volume has, besides some prepratory coverage, about ninety stories/sub-stories and episodes. I have thought it appropriate to talk about Bhaagavatha's significance at the beginning of each volme rather than covering it in a single (first) volume since the introductory details themselves are so extensive to form a book.

I will be extremely pleased if this presentation is found interesting and useful by the readers, particularly those who keep postponing their decision to lay their hands on such a great religious and thought- provoking classic. The Lord Himself has rcommended everyone to profit by it and I feel rewarded that He let 'yours truly' to be connected with it in a small way.

I thank Sri Suresh and his wife Sow. Bhargavi for the DTP type- setting and Kiran Ranganathan for the attractive cover design. The Priners, Ganesh Maruthi Printing Press, are also to be thanked for timely printing.

Introduction

Srimad Bhaagavatha occupies a unique place in the religious literature of our country. Even as a work of Sanskrit literature its place is quite high. While other puraanas talk about dharma, artha, Kaama and moksha, Srimad Bhaagavatha deals with moksha alone. It is considered 'the head quarters of divine love in theory and practice'. The veritable treasure house of devotional literature that Bhaagavatha is, it illustrates 'the function and the efficacy of bhakthi', Sri Raamaanuja, utilised this puraana for the doctrine of faith in a great measure. 'Bhaagavatha Puraana is steeped and drenched in bhakthi, 'a surging emotion which thrills the whole frame'.

The place occupied by this Mahaapuraana can be gauged by the fact that the number of commentaries written on it is only next to Srimad Bhagavadgita. The commentaries on it are also varied-advaithic, dvaithic, vishistaadvaithic, dvaithaadvaithic and so on - that it has earned the name' Shaasthrasaarvabhauma'.

Moksha apart what benefits does this puraana confer? If at all one is looking for material benefits like good progeny, fulfillment of unfulfilled desires, marriage, freedom from debts/ enemies/misfortunes, and the clutches of spirits, all these and many more benefits can achieve. But the main goal is to achieve Bhakthi, jnaana and Vairaagya. It is declared that the servant of bhakthi viz., mukthi, comes to you by herself (mukthim dhaaseem dadhau Thubhyam).

There may be some tendency to consider Puraanaas as 'old legends' and show neglect, but their contents are ever fresh (naveenam) and are as relevant to modern times as ever before. Further it is recognised that the interpretations in Puranaas help in a better understanding of the Vedas. Chandogya Upanishad declares that "ithihaasapuraaanam panchama Vedaanaam Vedham" (Puraanas are the fifth Veda).

The Puraanas are divided into three types 'Saathvic, Raajasa and thaamasa' each comprising six puraanas. Srimad Bhaagavatha being of the sathvic category speaks about the greatness of Lord Vishnu (saathvikeshu puraaneshu maahaathmyamadhikam hareh : Mathsya Puraana : 53/67). The main stories pertain to Sri Krishna, Sri Kapila, Sri Narasimha, Sri Varaaha and other avataaras, all meant to re-establish Dharma : 'Dharmasya hyaapavargasya' (the outcome of Dharma is moksha').

'Virat Swaroopa' of the Lord which appears in this volume is in a way a commentry on Purusha sooktha. This puraana also emphasizes the three routes viz., jnaana, karma and bhakthi yogas as does Bhagavadgita.

In regard to the etymology of the word 'Bhaagavatha', bhaga connotes wealth, desire, greatness, strength etc and the connotation qualifies the Lord only. And the treatise concerns the Lord who is also known as Vaasudeva, Vishnu, Naarayana, Krishna; the Lord is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent; the Vedas declare Him thus: antharbahischha tathsarvam vyaapya naarayanah sthithah'. This puraana deals with Bhagavaan in various ways and expounds His favourite Bhaagavatha Dharma. It elucidates bhakthi towards the Lord, a boat available to reach His feet. The contents of this puraana comprise a number of stories and episodes through each of which Vyaasa muni wishes to drive home a message.

Volume 2

Preface

The first volume of Srimad Bhaagavatha Mahaapuraana was released both in India and the USA. Those who are conversant with this Puraana liked the style of presentation and the size - four skandhas have been covered in the first volume.

Looking back at the circumstances leading to its writing which I covered in some measure in Volume 1, one of the most important happenings got left out. That was my visit to Vyaasa muni's peeta at Naimishaaranya. This is one of the 106 holy places which normally a Srivaishnava visits. The visit took place a year or so before I thought of writing this Puraana. Due to an attack of a funny disease my body flexibility had taken a beating, and I prostrated to the 'peeta' by just bending forward and touching the ground. The pujaari, a learned person, noticing it, encouraged me to try full-body prostration! Not quite confident though, I managed it with effort. He said when the muni is in your midst, what is not possible!

Indeed it is with Vyaasa muni's anugraha only the present volume also has been completed covering five skandhas, 5 - 9. The famous tenth skandha will of course take the pride of place in a single volume. It is also the longest skandha accounting for thirty percent of the total size.

Despite my many commitments writing of this volume was completed expeditiously. As I observed in my first volume, the unseen hand carries your pen through.

I thank the couple, Suresh and Bhaargavi of Arka Creations, for the beautiful DTP work, Shaaradha Prasad for timely printing and Kiran of Graphic Design for an attractive cover. My wife has helped in correction of the draft copies.

Introduction

In the first volume of Srimad Bhaagavatham spanning four skandhas, over ninety stories were presented. The volume in hand, the second in the series covers five skandhas, and as many as 108 stories are narrated. The main stories which are compellingly important for one to read are:

1) Jadabharatha

2) Ajamila

3) Vishwaroopa's teaching of "Naaraayana Kavacha" to Indra.

4) Dialogue between Naarada and Yudhishtira

5) Gajendra Moksha

6) Yayaathi's full story

It does not mean that others are not important but sometimes reading a book leaves behind some memorable aspects/titles in one's mind. All the stories pick up some threads and your knowledge about the Lord and devotion to Him increase strengthening your faith in Him.

With the narration of stories/episodes in the nine skandhas covered so far, including this book, we will be venturing next into the most sacred 'Dashama Skandha' to be with the Lord witnessing all his exploits. It may be mentioned here that one comes across on many occasions speakers choosing to lecture on 'Dashama Skandha' only. We would rather leave it to the reader to find an answer and the prime reason, when he reads that part of Bhaagavatha, the third volume in our case, which will follow in a few months.

Volume 3

Preface

It gives me great pleasure to be able to complete the tenth chapter or 'Dashama Skandha' as it is known of the holy Srimad Bhagavatha Mahaa Puraana. Even listening to one or two stories from the Puraana has great purifying effects on the individual. It is indeed like a 'yajna' to write and complete the Dashama Skandha, which is the most celebrated part of Bhagavatha covering Lord's exploits in reducing the burden of evil on earth.

The tenth chapter, a single skandha, comprises 90 stories/episodes and accounts for almost 30 percent of the entire Bhagavatha puraana. It has episodes related to such well known characters like Kamsa/Chaanora, Shishupaala/Danthavakra, Narakaasura, Banaasura, Poudraka, Shaalva besides sports like Raaskreeda and lifting of Govardhan mountain. What more, we get a glimpse of Lord's life through the eyes of Naaradha who visits as many palaces as he could, of Sri Krishna's 16,000 queens. Depiction of Viraha and attendant outpourings of gopis are a class of the hightest form of bhakthi, a pitch not even attained by 'rishis' and 'munis'. Add to this, Draupadhi's curiosity to know from Sri Krishna's prime queens the episodes of their wedding with Him. All these go to make 'dashama skandha' the most compelling part of this Puraana or all Puraanas, which one should read. One could even say that one should have had earned that great fortune to hear or read the 'Dashama Skandha'.

I am lucky to have enlisted the services of a couple which has become a part of this project and feel so elated to undertake the DTP typesetting. They have indeed earned that great fortune! I thank Smt. Bhargavi Suresh and Sri Suresh of Arka Creations, for 'enjoying' as it were this work. I also thank Sri Sharada Prasad and Suresh of Ganesh Maruti printers for timely printing, and Mahesh and Naveen of Hamsaniketan for an attractive design of outside cover. I pray that Sri Krishna showers His blessing on all the participants of the "yajna'.

Introduction

While talking about the greatness of Srimad Bhaagavatha in the last volume it was stated that we would continue the introduction in subsequent volumes also, as the introduction covering its importance itself could form a big book. We had stopped at Bhakthi devi's quieies to Naaradha regarding Kaliyuga and the muni's reply in terms of 'Yuga dharma'.

Naaradha makes efforts to eliminate Bhakthi devi's sufferings-she had two prematurely graying sons who were lying without energy to get up, named 'jnaana' and 'Vairagya'. He tried to wake up the two children through reciting of Veda /Upanishaad /Gita texts in their ears very closely. They just get up, but due to lethargy and weakness they just went back to sleep! he hears a voice in the air which said: 'Don't you worry, you maharashi! you will succeed in your mission but you will have to undertake a noble task about which some saints will tell you.

Naaradha went in search of the saints and none of the rishis/munis he met could help him; all that they said was it was impossible to accomplish. Totally distraught he decided to undertake tapas and went to Badrikaashrama. To his surprise he found Sanaka and others appear in front of him as though they were like thousands of suns. Naaradha addresses them; 'O! sons of Brahma! it is indeed extremely fortunate that I have met you all. You keep drinking the nector of Lord's stories all the time. Pray tell me as to what task I should undertake. Please explain how Bhakthi, Jnaana and Vairagya can be rejuvenated. '

The Sanakas responded :'0 ! devarashi. Do not pine. Rishis and munis have recommended various ways but they all lead to heaven only. Listen therefore carefully and with calmness. The intellectuals have declared 'jnaana yajna' as the noble route, that being the reading (paaraayana) of Srimad Bhaagavatha sung by Shukamuni and other mahaathmas. If one hears the utterances, Bhakthi-Jnaana-Vairaagya will receive extraordinary strengths. Jnaana and Vairyaagya will overcome their difficulty and will roar like lions; with the result Bhakthi devi will feel elated".

But Naaradha queries them further:

"Efforts to make them listen to veda /vedantha /Gita did not have any effect on them. If that be so how can the method of making them hear Srimad Bhaagavatha wake them up? After all each sloka therein contains 'Vedartha' only. Please clear this doubt.

Greatness of Srimad Bhaagavatha : Sanakas declare

The stories in Bhaagavatha, although being the kernel of Vedas /Upanishads are of the form of 'Phala' (outcome) and therefore they are far more effective. It is just like that for enjoying the sweetness continued in the roots and branches of a fruit-tree, one has to eat its fruit; otherwise it will not be known. Similarly the ghee contained in the milk has to be separated from milk to savour it. So also the juice/sugar contained in the sugarcane. So is the core/kernel of Vedas/Upanishads which is Srimad Bhaagavatha.

It is you yourself who, when Veda Vyaasa was distraught, taught him four 'slokas' from Srimad Bhagavatha and the author of Bhagavad Gita felt relieved. How is it that you yourself are asking about it us now?

Naaradha responds: O!great saints! A moment's 'darshan' of saints like you will eliminate all sins. Those caught in the forest - fire of 'samsaara' will achieve peace immediately. You keep drinking the nectar of Lord's stories from Aadisesha's thousand mouths. I surrender unto you. When a man achieves the fortune of meeting saintly-people then only he will overcome the darkness due to ignorance and ego, resulting in Viveka (wisdom/discrimination).

Naaradha queries further: I shall undertake the 'Yajnaa' to reestablish / rejuvenate Bhakthi, Jnaana and Vairaagya. Pray tell me about the location as to where I should undertake it, the number of days within which it should be recited and how it should be listened to. Please tell me about the whole process.

Sanakas relpy : O! Naaradha! Since you are humble and wise we shall let you know everything about it. Please listen. There is a spot near Hardwaar (Gangaadwaara) known as Anandha! It has been frequented by several rishis, devathas and siddhas. It has a variety of plants, trees and creepers. It has a soft sand bed area. It is having the fragrance wafted by lotus. The area is inhabited by animals like lions and elephants, traditionally enemies, moving about with a friendly attitude. Without any great preparation you can undertake the 'jnaana yajna' there. The 'yajna' will yield lofty rasa and Bhakthi devee will bring her two children fully rejuvenated (we shall continue the story further in our concluding volume, that is, Volume 4).

Contents

Volume 1
Prefacei
Contentsiii
Introductionix
The Trail of Srimad Bhaagavatha down the agesxi
Bhagavatha Dharma/Birth of Bhagavatha Puraanaxii
Bhagavatha, a nectary fruit descending to this worldxiii
Outcome of Partaking in Bhagavatha Sapthahaxiii
Dhyanaslokaxiv
The First Skandha
1The First Story Starts Thus1
2The Story of Ashwatthama beheading Draupadhi's sons; and Arjuna's revenge2
3Story of Parikshith's Birth3
4The Famous Prayer of Kunthi to Lord Krishna4
5Yudhishtira's Remorse and Desire to Know Dharma Rahasya from Bheeshma6
6The story of Krishna's departure from Hastinaapura and return to Dwaaraka9
7Reception to Sri Krishna on reaching Dwaaraka11
8The Story Relating to Parikshith's Birth12
9Pangs of separation from the Lord, Sri Krishna, resulting in Parikshith ascending the throne14
10King Parikshith's all round victories and the dialogue between Dharma and Prithvi18
11The story of Parikshith vanquishing Kalipurusha20
12The story as to how Parikshith attracts Rishi Shrungi's curse22
13Parikshith's remorse following the hunting spree and Praayopavesha: Enter Shukadeva25
The Second Skandha
14Bhaagavatha Puraana: Shuka Maharshi's Response28
15Virat Purusha's description30
16Lord's large and small forms: Departure of a Yogi from this world32
17Worshipping lesser Gods and importance of Bhakthi in the Lord34
18Parikshith's queries to Shuka Muni on creation (Sootha Puraanika responds to Shaunaka rishi)36
19Narration of Creation38
20Vibhoothis (worlds) of Virat form (VISHWA ROOPA)41
21Lord's Leela Avataras45
22Lord's Avataaras in Manvantharas49
23Parikshith's several queries53
24The story of Brahma Deva seeing The Lord's abode55
25Lord's narration of "Chathusloki Bhagavatha"57
26Shuka Muni's description of the ten aspects of Srimad Bhagavatha58
The Third Skandha
27The Dialogue Between Uddhava and Vidhura and drawing of a parallel with Parikshith's questions62
28Uddhava's narration of Lord's sports/miracles to Vidhura64
29Dialogue between Vidhura and Uddhava continues66
30Bidding farewell to Uddhava: Vidhura goes to see Maithreya68
31Vidhura Queries Maithreya: Description of the pattern of creation71
32Maithreya's narration to Vidhura: Creation or the birth of Viraat Shareera75
33Dialogue between Maithreya and Vidhura78
34Creation of Brahma Deva: (Maithreya starts narration of Srimad Bhagavatha)81
35Brahma's prayer to the Lord84
36Ten types of creation91
37Manvantharas and Division of Time: Manvanthara will also be dealt with in fifth Skandha94
38Maithreya's Elaboration of Creation97
39The Story of Varaahaavataara102
40The story of Dithi-Kashyapa's Dialogue107
41Jaya and Vijaya earn Sanaka brothers' wrath110
42The Episode of the exit of Jaya-Vijaya from Sri Vaikunta115
43The story of the birth of Hiranyaaksha and Hiranyakashipu: Former's serial victories119
44Hiranyaaksha's fight with Lord Varaaha121
45Killing of Hiranyaaksha124
46Description of Brahmadeva's multi-faceted creation127
47Kardhama Prajaapathi's Tapas and Lord's Bestowing of the Boon132
48The auspicious story of the marriage of Devahoothi and Kardhama137
49Stories of Devahoothis' service to husband, their holiday tours in a plane built by Kardhama and birth of daughters140
50Lord Kapila's Avataara144
51Kapila's description of Bhakthi Yoga's Greatness in response to Devahoothi's queries148
52The description of the creation of Mahath and different real forms152
53Achieving Moksha through understanding of Prakrithi and Purusha157
54Asthanga Yoga's Procedure159
55Bhakthi Maarga's route and the greatness of time (Kaala)162
56Abysmal end met by persons passionate about their bodies and homes166
57The Growth of the Egg (Garbha)169
58The courses of those travelling through Archiraadhi and Dhoomaadhi Margas and loftiness of Bhakthi Yoga173
59Devahoothi acquiring Tathvajnaana and receiving Moksha177
The Fourth Skandha
60Swaayambhoo Manu's Daughters: Narration of their lineage181
61The story related to Shiva's father-in-law, Daksha, and latter's enmity186
62The story of Sathi insisting on attending the yajna which her father was conducting188
63The story of Sathi's entering the fire190
64a. Veerabhadra Swami destroys the yajna: Killing of Daksha193
b. Devathas go to Kailaasa to pacify Shiva195
65Daksha yajna's repetition and completion199
66The episode of Dhruva going to the forest and doing 'Tapas'208
67Dhruva returns home after getting boons from the Lord214
68Story of Yaksha killing Utthama: Dhruva fights Yakshas220
69Swaayambhoo Manu exhorts Dhruva to call off the war222
70Story of Dhruva getting boon from Kubera and his reaching Vishnu loka225
71Dhruva's lineage: and the story of Anga Mahaaraaja229
72The story of king Vena232
73The story of Prithu's birth and his installation as emperor234
74The story of bards praising the emperor Prithu236
75Prithu gets angry with Bhoodevi: Bhoodevi prays to Him238
76The story of King Prithu milking Bhoodevi who is in cow form241
77Prithu performs a hundred (?) Ashwamedha yajnas243
78Indra is jealous of Prithu Chakravarthy243
79Story of Lord blessing Prithu in his yajna hall246
80Story of Prithu's advice to his people249
81Sanakas' exhortation to emperor Prithu253
82Story of king Prithu's Great 'Tapas' and journey to Paramapadha259
83Prithu's genealogy and Rudra Deva's message to Prachethsa (Yogaadesha)262
84The sub-story of Puranjana270
85Story of Puranjana 's hunting spree leading to wife's anger275
86Side-story of attack on Puranjana's city by Chandavega, the Gandharva king and the story of Kaalakanya277
87The story of Puranjana taking birth as a female and getting liberation through teachings of Avinjnaatha279
88Messages flowing from Puranjanopakhyaana284
89The story of Prachethasas getting a boon from Mahaavishnu and marriage with Maarishe (Vaarkshi)297
90Story of Prachethasas attaining Paramapadha following Naaradha's advice302
Volume 2
Prefacei
Contentsii
Introductionix
Significance of the term 'Bhaagavatha'x
Greatness of Bhaagavathax
Bhakthi queries him againxii
The Fifth Skandha
1The Story of Priyavratha1
2Episode related to Aagneedhra3
3The story of the Lord Rhishaba descending through Naabhi4
4The Story of Lord Rishabha6
5The Story of Rishabhadeva: Taking to the life of an ascetic7
6Rishabhadeva giving up his body10
7The story of Bharatha10
8The story of Bharatha being reborn as a deer11
9The Story of Bharatha's next birth in a Braahmana family12
10The story of Jadabharatha meeting King Rahoogana14
11The story of Bharatha teaching Rahoogana17
12Bharatha's discourse continues: (Material world compared to a forest: queries raised by Rahoogana get clarified)20
13Jadabharatha explains hidden meanings to King Rahoogana23
14The story of the growth of Priyavratha's family tree26
15The world at large: Features28
16Descent of Ganga and Shankara's Eulogy of Sankarshana Bhagawaan31
17More Varshas in the Universe: A Description34
18Concluding Description of Jambhoodweepa: Bhaarathavarsha37
19The Other Six Islands and Mountains: Description40
20Sun's chariot and description of duration/speeds44
21Different planets and their speeds45
22Shishumaara, the wheel: A Description47
23Raahu's position and description of nether worlds48
24Description of Sri Sankarshana and Prayer52
25Various stages in Hell54
The Sixth Skandha
26Preliminary coverage about Ajaamila58
27Vishnu's messengers teach Bhaagavatha dharma to Yamadhoothas: Ajaamila attains the abode of Srimannaaraayana62
28Dialogue between Yama and his Dhoothas65
29Daksha's eulogy of the Lord and Lord's manifestation70
30Daksha's sons take to asceticism following Naradha's teaching: Daksha's curse to Naaradha75
31Daksha Prajaapathi's expansion of family: Sixty daughters79
32Brihaspathi deserting Indra: Vishwaroopa getting accepted as Acharya by gods83
33Vishwaroopa teachers Indra the Naaraayana kavacha86
34Vishwaroopa getting killed by Indra: Vruthraasura vanquishing Devathas and at Lord's bidding they meet Dadheechi Rishi90
35Devathas acquire Dhadheechi's Bones and make Vajraayudha and vanquish Vrathra's Army97
36Vrutthraasura's brave words and his Eulogy to the Lord99
37Vruthraasura's End102
38Indra enveloped with 'Brahmahathyadosha'104
39Vrutharaasura's past History106
40Maharshis Naaradha and Angirasa exhort Chitrakethu110
41Chitrakethu's realisation: Sri Sankarshana Appears113
42Chithrakethu's eulogy of Sri Sankarshana Bhagawaan116
43Chithrakethu attracts Paarvathi's curse119
44Progenies of Dithi and Adithi and birth of Maruth Gods122
45The step-wise account of Pumsavana penance129
The Seventh Skandha
46Dialogue between Naaradha and Yudhishtira and the story of Jaya- Vijaya132
47Hiranyakashipu pacifying the sorrowing mother and relatives after the killing of Hiranyaaksha137
48Hiranyakashipu's tapas and acquisition of boon141
49Hiranyakashipu's Cruelties and Prahlaadha's noble qualities144
50Hiranyakashipu's attempts to kill Prahlaadha147
51Prahlaadha's teaching to Asura boys153
52Prahlaadha's narration of teaching from Naaradha while still in mother's womb156
53Sri Narasimha's avataara: Killing of Hiranyakashipu: Devathas led by Brahma eulogise the Lord160
54Prahlaadha's praise of the Lord Narasimha167
55Installation of Prahlaadha as king, and conquering of Tripura175
56Manushya dharma, varna dharma and sthree dharma - an enquiry into respective conduct181
57Conduct in Brahmacharya and Vaanaprastha aashramas185
58Conduct of Yathis (sannyaasis) and a dialogue between Prahlaadha and Avadhootha189
59Conduct of a Grihastha193
60Right conduct for Grihasthas to achieve moksha197
Skandha Eight
61Description of Manvantharas208
62The story of the king of elephants getting caught by an alligator211
63Gajendra's eulogy of the Lord: Gajendra moksha213
64Previous history of the elephant and crocodile: Deliverance of both219
65All devathas go to Brahma: Eulogy on the Lord by Brahma221
66Devathas-Asuras churn the ocean227
67Churning of ocean starts: Paramashiva swallows the poison230
68Appearance of amrutha and Lord's Mohini manifestation234
69The Lord distributes the nectar in Mohini manifestation238
70Fight breaks between Devathas and Asuras240
71Deva-Asura battle ends243
72Mahaadeva's infatuation with Mohini's form245
73Description of the seven Manvantharas which are yet to follow249
74The duties of Manu and others252
75Bali's conquest of heaven and the story of Vaamanaavataara253
76Kashyapa teaches Adithi the special vow named payovratha256
77The Lord appears and gives boon to Adhithi261
78The Lord born as Vaamana to Adhithi enters Bali's yajnashaala264
79Vaamana asks for three feet (paces) of land: Bali promises: Shukrachaarya disagrees267
80Sri Vaamana Moorthy assumes body of cosmic proportions and measures the earth and heaven271
81Bali in fetters274
82Bali's eulogy of the Lord: Bali gets Lord's darshan277
83Bali getting freed from bondage and reaching Suthalaloka281
84The story of Mathsyaavathaara284
Skandha Nine
85The story of Vaivaswatha Manu's son, king Sudhyumna291
86Narration of Vaivaswatha Manu's lineage294
87The story of Chyavana and Sukanya: The lineage of the king Sharyaathi297
88The story ofNaabhaaga and Ambareesha299
89Dhoorvaasa overcomes his predicament306
90Delineation of Ikshvaaku dynasty: Tales of Saubari and Maandhaatha rishis309
91The story of Thrishanku and Harischandra314
92Sagara's story316
93The story of Bhageeratha and Ganges descent to this world320
94Sri Raama's adventures (leelas) a narration (Raamaayana)325
95Description of Sri Raama's host of noble qualities333
96Description of the other Ikshvaaku kings337
97King Nimi's genealogy338
98Description of Lunar dynasty342
99The story of Rucheeka-Jamadhagni and Parashuraama347
100Killing of all Kshathriyas by Parashuraama: Description of Viswaamithra's lineage351
101Description of Kshathravruddha and other kings354
102The story of Yayaathi357
103Yayaathi leaves his home362
104Pooroo's lineage: Stories' of Dushyantha and Bharatha365
105Story of Bharatha's lineage and Ranthideva369
106Description of kings ruling Paanchaala, Kaurava and Magadha374
107Narration of Dynasties: Anu, Druhyu, Thurvasu and Yadhu382
108Description Vidharbha clan387
Volume 3
Prefacei
Contentsii
Introductionvii
The Tenth Skandha (First Section)
1Background details of Lord Krishna's birth: Lord pacifying mother Earth: Marriage of Vasudeva-Devaki: Kamsa killing six off-springs of Devaki1
2The Lord enters Devaki's womb: devathas praise Him7
3The birth of the Lord, Sri Krishna13
4Yogamaaya announces future events after escaping from Kamsa's hands20
5Birthday celebrations of the Lord in Gokula25
6Poothana's good end28
7The story of Shakataasura and deliverance of Thrunaavartha33
8The Naming Ceremony - Miracles as a child37
9Sri Krishna gets tied to the mortar44
10Felling arjuna trees for releasing Kubera's sons from Naaradha's curse47
11Gopalas leave Gokula for Vrindaavan: Killing of Vathsaasura and Bakaasura- their liberation52
12Agaasura attains oneness with the Lord58
13Brahma's infatuation and finally getting over it63
14Brahma's eulogy of Sri Krishna70
15Dhenukaasura episode - saving gopa boys from Kaaliya's poison80
16Showing mercy to Kaaliya85
17The story behind Kaaliya's arrival in Yamunaa: rescuing Vrajavaasis from a wild fire93
18Slaying of Pralambaasura95
19Sri Krishna saves gopalakas and the cattle from forest fire98
20Description of rainy and autumnal seasons99
21Venu geetha101
22Sri Krishna snaches away the garments of cowherd maids106
23Sri Krishna's act of compassion towards wives of bhraahmanas110
24The Lord stops sacrifice to Indra116
25Sri Krishna lifting the Govardhana mount120
26Nandhagopa and others' keenness to understand Sri Krishna's power122
27Govindha pattabhisheka126
28Sri Krishna frees Nandhagopa from Varuna loka129
29Description of Sri Krishna's most-eulogised Raasa sport131
30Gopis' pangs of seperation138
31Gopikaa geethe (Gopis' songs)143
32The Lord appears to pacify the gopis146
33Mahaaraasa-kreede: (Raasa play)149
34The Lord saves Sudharshan and does away with Shankachooda153
35Gopis' mutual talk: pangs of separation conveyed156
36Killing of Arishtaasura: Kamsa despatching Akroora to Vraja159
37Killing of Keshi and Vyomaasura: Naaradha eulogises the Lord163
38Akroora's journey to Vraja166
39Balaraama and Sri Krishna travel to the city of Mathura accompanied by Akroora172
40Akroora's eulogy of the Lord Sri Krishna178
41Sri Krishna enters Mathura182
42Showing mercy to the hunch-backed woman: Breaking a huge bow: Worried Kamsa187
43Killing of Kuvalayaapeeda and entering the amphitheatre190
44Killing of Chaanoora-Mushtika and Kamsa193
45Thread ceremony of Raama-Krishna: their admission to gurukula196
46Uddhava's journey to Vraja201
47Uddhava and gopis converse: bhramara geetha206
48The Lord visits the hunch-back (Seirandhri) and Akroora217
49Akroora's journey to Hasthinaapura221
Second Section of Tenth Skanda
50Battle with Jharaasandha: construction of Dwaaraka
51Kaalayavana getting burnt: The story of Muchukundha230
52Reaching Dwaaraka: Balaraam's wedding: arrival of Braahmana with Rukmini's message236
53The abduction of Rukmini241
54Defeat of Shishupaala and his allies, and Rukmi: Sri Krishna-Rukmini marriage245
55The Birth of Pradhyumna: Killing of Shambaraasura251
56The Story of Shyamanthaka gem: Sri Krishna's wedding with Jhaambhavathi and Sathyabhaama253
57Theft of Shyamanthaka Gem: The killing of Shathadhanva: getting Akroora to Dwaaraka257
58Sri Krishna's other marriage celebrations261
59Killing of Narakaasura: Sri Krishna's marriage with sixteen thousand and one hundred princesses267
60Dialogue between Sri Krishna and Rukmini272
61Description of Sri Krishna's lineage: Aniruddha's marriage: killing of Rukmi281
62Usha meets Aniruddha285
63Baanaasura's fight with Sri Krishna288
64The Story of Nrugaraaja293
65Balaraama arrives at Vraja (Gokula)298
66Sri Krishna slaying Poundraka and others301
67Dwividha getting killed by Balaraama304
68Balaraama's wrath against Kauravas: Saamba's marriage306
69Naaradha gets an Insight into Sri Krishna's domestic life310
70Sri Krishna's routine: He recieves message from kings held captive by Jharaasandha314
71Sri Krishna's travels to Indraprastha319
72Paandavas preparation for Raajasooya Yaaga and Jharaasandha getting killed323
73The Kings' departure after send-off: Sri Krishna returns to Indraprastha with Bheema and Arjuna327
74Sri Krishna to receive the prime pooja: killing of Shishupaala330
75Completion of Raajasooya Yaaga: Duryodhana getting insulted335
76Yaadhavas' fight with Shaalva339
77Killing of Shaalva341
78Killing of Danthavakra and Vidhooratha and Balaraama killing Soothapuraanika during a piligrimage345
79Balawala's killing by Balaraama: piligrimage349
80The story of Kuchela352
81Sudhaama acquring wealth357
82Balaraama and Krishna meet gopis362
83Draupadhi's talks with Sri Krishna's queens (spouses)367
84Vasudeva performs yajna375
85The Lord teaches Brahma-Jnaana (vedantha) to Vasudeva: Sri Krishna brings back the six children lost by his mother, Devaki382
86Abduction of Subhadra by Arjuna: Sri Krishna entering Mithila king, Janaka's palace and the Braahmana, Shruthadeva's house simultaneously389
87Vedas' praises (Sthuthies)397
88The story of Vrukaasura415
89The episode of Bhrigu Maharshi testing the Thrimoorties: the Lord bringing back to life the dead braahmana boy420
90Sri Krishna's love-sports427

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