Brahmavaivarta Purana, translated by Bibek Debroy
This is my nineteenth and last Purana review. It is my last rajsik Purana. The Brahmavaivarta Purana comes eighth in the list of Mahapuranas. It has a total of eighteen thousand shlokas
and is medium in length. These shlokas are divide into four khandas. They are the Brahma khanda
, the Prakriti khanda
, the Ganesha khanda
and the Srikrishnajanma khanda
Although this Purana is a rajsik purana it glorifies Krishna more
. Krishna is said to be the creator. He is identified with the brahman and is said to have created Shiva, Brahma and Narayana from his own body. This is slightly confusing
as it describes Krishna’s type of creation and Brahma’s creation at the same time. This is one of the few Puranas that talk about Krishna in great detail.
In Krishna’s creation, all the gods and goddesses emerged from different parts of his body like his chest, mouth, mind, etc.
In Brahma’s creation, the world was formed from a golden egg.
Like most Puranas this one also starts in the Naimisharanya
forest. The narrator is Souti or Suta who is the son of Lomaharshana
. On the request of some sages Souti narrates the Brahmavaivarta Purana.
This was a very interesting Purana. It had so much new information. Most of it was in the form of stories. I learnt lots of stuff. Out of this information I picked out the most interesting bits and have given it below.
Have you wondered why Narada was named Narada? What is the meaning of the name? The answers to this are given below.