Bhagavata – A Study

Bhagavata – A Study

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Item Code: NAC495
Author: Swami Harshananda
Publisher: Ramakrishna Math, Bangalore
Edition: 2000
ISBN: 4014
Pages: 56
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 5.5 Inch X 4.4 Inch
Weight 30 gm

Rama and Krsna (the most prominent of the incarnations of Visnu-Narayana), Siva and Devi, form the four main pillars upon which the edifice of Hindu theism rests. The two epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, as also the vast pauranika literature, form the basis for the various cults and sects that have woven the texture of the variegated Hindu fabric. Among the various puranas, however, it is the Bhagavata that has earned a pre-eminent place for itself, not only for its philosophical content and devotional fervour but also for its exquisite literary beauty. Though basically a text of the Bhagavata School preaching the Visnu-Narayana-Krsna cult, it is remarkably catholic in its outlook and has successfully harmonized Advaita philosophy as also the Saiva cults with its basic tenets. While a study of this work is definitely fascinating and highly rewarding, it has also been considered as a text of one’s scholarship.


1. Introduction 6
2. Puranas 7
3. Date and Authorship 9
4. Synopsis of the Contents 10
First Skandha 10
Second Skandha 13
Third Skandha 15
Fourth Skandha 16
Fifth Skandha 19
Sixth Skandha 20
Seventh Skandha 22
Eighth Skandha 25
Ninth Skandha 28
Tenth Skandha 32
Eleventh Skandha 35
Twelfth Skandha 37
5. Srikrsna 39
6. Philosophy of the Bhagavata 43
7. Literary Grace 52
8. Traditional Commentaries 53
9. Conclusion 54
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