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Brahmavaivarta Purana Pt. 2 Prakrti Khanda (Book-1) (AITM Vol. 78): Ancient Indian Tradition And Mythology

by G. P. Bhatt

  • ISBN: 9788120840317, 8120840313
  • Year of Publication: 2017
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • Pages: 258
  • Language: English
  • Regular price ₹ 1,000.00

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    Brahmavaivartapurana figures as the tenth in the traditional list of the Puranas. It is divided into four parts called khandas, comprising 267 chapter. The khandas are: Brahmakhanda: 30 chapters, Prakrtikhanda: 67 chapters, Ganapatikhanda: 46 chapters  and Srikrsnajanmakhanda: 133 chapters.

        It is well known that the Brahmavaivarta is a Vaisnavite Purana and the sole objective of the work is to glorify the life and achievement of Sri Krsna, an incarnation of visnu and his Sakti Radha. Many episodes and topics have been interwoven to embellish the main theme of the work. In this Purana, Krsna is not simply an incarnation, he is far superior to and even creator of Prakrti. He is God above all gods. 

    Part II, i.e., Prakrtikhanda deals with Prakrti, the primordial matter. According to this Purana, Prakrti is not inter as she is conceived by the Sankhya philosophy, but is intelligent; she is the primary goddess of creation. In compliance with Krsna's desire, she is manifested as the five goddesses, viz., Durga, Radha, Laksmi, Sarasvati, and Savitri. Many stories about these deities have been narrated and rituals for their worship described in this part.