The Bhagavata Purana (भागवत पुराण), also known as the Srimad Bhagavatam, Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana or simply Bhagavata, is one of Hinduism’s eighteen great Puranas (Mahapuranas). Composed in Sanskrit and traditionally attributed to Veda Vyasa, it promotes bhakti (devotion) towards Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, integrating themes from the Advaita (monism) philosophy of Adi Shankara, the Vishishtadvaita (qualified monism) of Ramanujacharya and the Dvaita (dualism) of Madhvacharya. It is widely available in almost all Indian languages. The Bhagavata Purana is a central text in Vaishnavism, a Hindu tradition that reveres Vishnu. It asserts that the inner nature and outer form of Krishna are identical to the Vedas and that this is what rescues the world from the forces of evil.
Bhagavata Purana Meaning
Bhagavata: Bhagavata is a Sanskrit term that means ‘about the Lord’ (Bhagavan), which means “He who has the six glories”. Purana: The word “Purana” in Sanskrit translates to “ancient” or “old,” and in the context of Hindu scriptures, it refers to a genre of texts that contain mythological, cosmological, and historical narratives, as well as teachings on various aspects of philosophy, ethics, and spirituality.
Bhagavata Purana Dating
According to the Bhagavata Purana itself, it was spoken to Parikshit about 5,000 years ago and was recited and chanted by devotees up until the present day. Academics estimate that the date of composition is probably between the eighth and the tenth century CE, while it cannot be earlier than the 6th century CE or later than ca. 1000 CE. Manuscripts survive in numerous, inconsistent versions revised through the 18th century, creating various recensions both in the same languages and across different Indian languages.
Bhagavata Purana Characters
Notable devotees of Bhagavata Purana
Notable demons and villains of Bhagavata Purana
Bhagavata Purana Cantos
Bhagavata Purana Philosophy
Significance of Bhagavata Purana