We have 18 Puranas. But, the Bhagavata Purana is the most important of them all.
Vedavyasa, even after completing the writing of the Maha Bharata, could not get mental
peace. He composed Srimad Bhagavata, as per the instruction of sage Narada, and thereby
derived the required mental peace. This holy book is considered to be the essence of all the
Srimad Bhagavata explains the devine stories, qualities, actions and names of the
Lord Sriman narayana. The story of Sri Krishna is vividly described in this scripture. Like
Ramayana and Maha Bharata, Bhagavata has gained immense popularity amongst the Hindus.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams started the Sri Bhagavata Project, with the
intention of bringing out the critical edition of the work. The services of eminent scholars
like Dr. P. Radhakrishna Sarma, and Dr. N.C.V. Narasimhacharya were utilized in this
onerous task and the editing of the work has been completed successfully by the grace of
This is the Second Skandha of Srimad Bhagavata. It was decided to publish the
entire text with the commentaries in 14 volumes. With the present volume, 9 volumes are
released. The other 5 volumes would also be released shortly.
It is hoped the readers would receive them whole-heartedly.
Of all the puranas, such as Kunna, Matsya, Varaha, Vaishnava and the like, the
Bhagavata Purana .is the most important one for its range of subjects and its authenticity.
Sri Bhagavata is rightly called Puranaratna, the Gem of puranas. The importance of this purana
depends upon the following facts. Almost the whole of Vaishnava population of India
look upon it as their main scripture on par with the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita. It
has been cited by the founder representative teachers of all sects even outside the vaishnava
fold for their learned commentaries just like the Gita and Upanishads in order to prove the
support to their respective teachings. Although there are 18 puranas the Bhagavata
surpassed all the others and has become unique work of this class, studied reverently and
interpreted and worshipped by devotees all over India. Apart from its superb poetry and
the very wide range of its devotional teachings, the reason for its forceful and ever
expanding appeal lies in its elaborate exposition of the life and message of Sri Krishna.
. The Word Bhagavata is very significant as it is replete with various meanings. If I
quote a sloka and interpret, the importance of the purana will sufficiently be understood.
This stanza can be expressed thus. The 'five letters Bha, ga, va, ta, m suggest the
quintessence of the Bhagavata. The letter 'Bha' stands for Bhakti, devotion, 'gal for
Jnana, knowledge, 'va' for Vairagya the renouncement of worldly wishes and passions,
'tal for Tattva, the real nature of the supreme and 'm' for Moksha, the emancipation from
the worldly bonds. Hence the Bhagavata throws much light on the above five subjects.
The understanding of the nature of the above subjects helps people very much. Thus this
purana reveals five-fold knowledge, which leads them to salvation.
The Bhagavata is an indispensable text, because it deals with all the varieties of
Bhakti, which is a must for the human beings who want to get rid of worldly troubles.
Bhagavata can be called as Bhakti bhashya.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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