It deals with a number of stories and
gives detailed accounts of vratas (religious
rites) and tirthas (places of pilgrimage).
It also deals with several topics normally
dealt with in the dharmasastras such
as sraddha (obsequial rites), prayascittas
(expiations), dana (giving gifts), images
and their worship, narakas (hells) and so
Verses from this work have been
extensively quoted in the dharmasastra
There are two recensions of this purana: the Gaudiya and the Daksinatya. They differ from each other in quite a few places.
Two episode of this purana the Madhurakhyana and the Naciketopakhyana are well-Known. The latter contains detailed descriptions of heaven and hell.
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