PREFACE The present volume contains the Brahmanda Purana, Part I (Chapters ) completing the first-two sections (Prakriyd and Anusaiiga) of the text in. INR / $ , Title: Sri Brahmanda Puranam, Author: hi Chakravarthi Ph.D., Genre: Spiritual. The Brahmanda Purana (The History Of The Universe)Is One Of The Eighteen Mahapuranas, A Genre Of Eighteen Hindu Religious Texts And Has Been.
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This Purana, like all other Puranas, is encyclopaedic in character. It is called Brahmanda since it gives explanation of the real state of affairs about the universe. It is divided into four sections: Prakriyd, Anusahga, Upodghuta and Upasamhdra. It is accompanied by Lalitd-Mdhdtmya the glorification of the Goddess Lalita in 40 chapters.
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The present volume consists of two Sections viz. Section 1 Prakriyd consists of five chapters which deal with the creation of the universe in the light of the Vedic metaphysics which it expounds in detail in the Puranic manner.
This section describes the original state of equilibrium ofgunas qualitiesthe laying of the Golden Egg, the emer- gence ofthe creator lord Brahma from it. The second section Anusahga, which this volume includes, contains 33 chapters The two sections which complete this volume illustrate the two characteristics of a Mahapurana viz. Old Sanskrit Text has been rendered into English as precisely as possible.
The translation is based on the standard edition of the Venkatesvara Press. The text is well edited, still it presents problems, hard to brahmandaa overcome by mere translation.
The need of annotations is evident therefore. The learned translator has added ample materials in the footnotes which facilitate correct interpretation of the brahmandw.
He has brahanda elabo- rate comments in these notes on each and every problem of importance and discussed textual variations in the verses common to other Puranas. The comparative study of the Javanese text of Brahmanda Purana in Kavi language with the Sanskrit text of the present Purana is a feature that shall be most wel- comed by the reader. We have included Abbreviations in this part.
They will be repeated in the succeeding parts too with such additions as are madein the notes ofthose parts. The general Index will be appended to the last part. Acknowledgement ofOhligations It is our pleasant duty to put on record our sincere thanks to Dr. Dandekar and the UNESCO authorities for their kind encouragement and valuable help which render this work more useful than it would otherwise have been. We purwna extremely grateful to Dr. Brahkanda who has meticu- lously and delightfully accomplished this onerous task.
The critical Introduction, the lucid translation and comprehensive annotations are, in fact, his monumental contributions to the studies in Indology. We must thank Shri T. We should also express our gratitude to all those persons telhgu have offered suggestions for improving the same.
Contents of the Brahmanda Purana 3 2. The Legend of Naimisaranya 22 3. The Creation of Hiranyagarbha 28 4. Constitution ofthe world The Cosmic Egg 32 5.
Kalpas and Manvantaras; their Duration 57 7. Knowledge About the World 8. God Brahma’s Mental Creation: Birth of Bhrgu and Puana 93 Magnificence of God Siva: His eight Names and Forms Race ofAgni Real Nature ofKala — Time: Seasons as Pitrs Manes Race of Priyavrata Length and extent ofthe Earth: Description of Jambijdvlpa Description of Bharata Varsas of Jambfldvlpa, Hari and Ilavrta Jambtidvlpa; The Bindu Lake- Its four streams Plaksa and other Continents Description ofthe Netherworlds Movements of heavenly Luminaries: Division ofTime 19ft tlugu The Divine Luminaries, Varieties of clouds.
Divisions of Stratosphere, the Chariot of puranw Sun-God Information about Heavenly bodies.
The movement ofthe Polar Star The arrangement ofthe Heavenly Luminaries. The Sun, the source of Light to Luminarie s Origin of the Epithet Nllakantha. Siva swallowing poison Origin ofthe Linga-image of Siva Siva cursed by Daruvana sages. Installation of Siva Liiiga — Injunctions regarding Ash- bath Meeting ofPururavas and Pitrs. Performance of annual obsequies on the New Brahmandaa Day Characteristics ofYugas Inauguration ofthe Sacrificial Cult.
Fall of King Vasu for denunciation of Sacrifices Castes and Stages of Life Yugas and Classes of People. Lineage of Sages Characteristics of Sages and of Mantras Vyasa and his Disciples Dynasty ofVaivasvata Manu Pliilo — History of Indian Piiilosopiiy are not included in tliis list.
Brdhmana preceded by name such as Satapatha. Brahma Vaivarta Purdna, GM, CC Caturvarga Cintdmani by Hemadri. De, Orienta Reprint, Delhi, Dharma SUtra preceded by the author’s name such as Gautama. GP Garuda Parana, Ed. Bhattacharya, Chowkhamba, Varanasi, Bombay, also Kashiraj Trust Edt. M K P Mdrkandeya Parana. Matsya Parana, G M MW Monier Williams Sk. PE Puranic Encyclopaedia by V. Purdna Journal of the Kashiraj TrustVaranasi. The Title Brahmdnda This Pufana is called ‘Braiimanda’, as god Bralima narrat- ed it with special emphasis on the description of the Brahmanda the Cosmic Egg and deals with the future Kalpa-periods.
The term Brahmanda connotes a mix of ancient Indian concepts about cosmography, cosmology and cosmogony.
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