The whole purana is a miscellany dealing with a variety of subjects. The upasana (worship) of Surya, the Sun-god, has been given a prominent
place. Details concerning the construction of temples, making and consecration of images, varieties of vratas or religious
observances motivated by desires, sins and
their expiations, dana or giving gifts
these are some of the other subjects dealt
with in the work.
The Bhavisya Purana is a veritable storehouse of several topics normally dealt
with in the dharmasastras. The following
is the list of some selected topics: the
sixteen samskaras or sacraments like
namakarana and upanayana; rules concerning the study of the Vedas; some
aspects of varnasrama-dharma: a good
number of vratas or religious observances
slated for certain days; snakes and their
worship; praise and worship of Surya, the
sun-god; creation of this world and a
description of this earth; several types of
dana or giving gifts ceremonially; description
of good conduct.
A very interesting aspect of this
purana is the bringing of the Maga
brahmanas from the Sakadvipa into our
country by Samba, son of Shri Krisna and
getting them settled on the banks of the
river Candrabhaga. They were Zoroastrians from Persia. They gradually integrated themselves into the Hindu society. Sun-worship in India got a boost because of them.
This purana has been called Bhavisyapurana, purana predicting future
events, probably because it gives the
genealogy of the kings who will come in
future and the way they rule the country.
Email a Friend