The first part (purvabhaga) has 125 chapters
in four padas or quarters. The second part
(uttarabhaga) has 82 chapters.
The first part is sometimes identified
with the Brhan-naradiya-purana.
The contents in brief are as follows:
praise of Visnu, and bhakti or devotion;
geography Bharatavarsa (India); story
of Bhagiratha bringing the Ganga river
from heaven and its greatness; a few
vratas; varnasramadharmas; patakas or
sins; sadacara or good conduct; sraddha
or obsequial ceremonies.
The story of the king Rukmangada
who was a great devotee of Visnu and
who meticulously observed the ekadasi
vrata has received a detailed treatment.
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