Srimad bhagavatam is famous for its exposition of Bhakti yoga. It can be
understood only by sincere devotion, not by scholarship.
T.T.O. is publishing a large number of religious books in various
languages and they are being received well, by the devotees.
Sri Bhagavatam Project was established by the T.T.O. to bring out the
Critical Edition of Sanskrit Bhagavatam, with different commentaries. Eminent
scholars endeavored to bring out this edition, after perusing many editions of
The first Skandha and three volumes of tenth Skandha have already
been published. The fourth Skandha is in the process of printing. This volume
is the eighth Skandha, containing the interesting stories of Gajendra Moksha,
Kshirasagara Mathanam and Vamanavatara etc. The Chief Editor of this
volume, Dr. N.C.V.Narasimhacharya, reached the lotus feet of Lord, even
before the publication of this valuable edition.
It is hoped that the readers would receive the present volume also, with
due devotion, and make the efforts of the T.T.D. fruitful.
There is another tradition regarding the propagation of this work. Sage
Krishna Dwaipayana, after composing Bhagavata, taught it to his disciple
Romaharshana. Suta, the latter's son learnt it from his father. This scripture
was explained by Suta, later to Sages like Sounaka in the forest of Naimisa.
There is also a third tradition, which says that Sankarshana was
enlightened on this epic by Lord Sriman narayana Himself, whereas,
Sankarshana -explained it to Sage Sanatkumara etc. The latter enlightened
about it to Sankhyayana; Sankhyayana to Parasara, Parasara to Maitreya and
Maitreya to Vidura respectively.
These different traditions indicate the wide popularity of this text.
In this eighth Skandha of Bhagavatam interesting stories like Gajendra
Moksha, Kshirasagaramathana, Vamanavatara, and Matsyavatara are found.
The ego-centric Jeeva becomes an animal, and enters the lake of Samsara
and is caught by the Crocodile of infatuation. Inspite of his efforts, he fails to
get released from the grip of the Crocodile. Finally, he surrenders to the Lord
and attains liberation. This is the essence of Gajendra Moksha. Devotees are
accustomed to read Gajendra Moksha daily, as it is auspicious to do so.
The story of Churning of the milky ocean also is very interesting. Our
heart is compared to Kshira Sagara. It is full of good as well as bad ideas.
Bad ideas are to be discarded as poison. Good ideas are to be welcomed like
gems. But both of them are impediments in the path of immortality. The
aspirant should not slacken his efforts till he attains the final goal of
That is why Bhartruhari said "The Gods were not satisfied by merely
finding the gems. Nor they were afraid by the dreadful poison. They did not
rest till they obtained the Ambrosia. The brave do not give up their efforts till
they achieve success".
The story of Balichakravarthi is also very fascinating. Bali followed the
ninth way of devotion i.e. Atmanivedana. He gave away everything in his
possession to Lord Vamana and thereby received abundant grace of the Lord.
This Skandha ends with the description of Matsyavatara, one of the ten
Avataras of Lord Vishnu. All these stories are of high spiritual value.
This Skandha was edited by well-known Sanskrit scholar, recipient of
President's award, and our Guru, Sriman Dr. N.C.V.Narasimhacharya Swami.
He reached the Lotus feet of the Lord, even before the publication of this
The scholars who assisted in preparing this edition are:
1. Sriman K.C. Jayachandra Sastri, 2. Sriman U. Venkatramaiah and
3. Sriman A. Varada Rajan, who deserve ‘the gratitude of the readers.
The research assistants, namely, Sri S.B.S. Bhattacharya,
Smt. S. Purnavalli and Dr. S. Dasaratha also deserve our commendation.
Sri I. Venkateswara Rao and others who helped immensely in proof reading of
the work also deserve our gratitude.
Sri Ajeya Kallam, lAS, the revered Executive Officer of the TTD and
Dr.V.R.Panchamukhi, the well-known Sanskrit scholar; the revered Chancellor
of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidya Peetha, Tirupati and Hon. Member of the TTD
Board and Dr. Medasani Mohan, the Director of Annamacharya Project and
other members of the advisory committee of the Bhagavata project are
offered our deep gratitude for their keen interest and co-operation in bringing
out this edition.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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