Stories from the Brahma-Vaivarta Purana

Stories from the Brahma-Vaivarta Purana

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Told by Purnaprajna Dasa

Sri Brahma-vaivarta Purana is one of the eighteen principal Puranas, as stated in the twelfth canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam: Sages expert in ancient histories have declared that the Puranas, according to their various characteristics, can be divided into eighteen major Puranas and eighteen secondary Puranas.

In Brahma-vaivarta Purana, many interesting details of familiar stories are found that are not seen elsewhere. There are many stories that explain the circumstances leading up to well-known occurrences, as well as previous lives of famous personalities, shedding light on how they came to be in that position. There is also a description of the marriage of Radha and Krsna, performed by Brahma.

This Purana consists of four parts - Brahma-khanda, Prakriti-khanda, Ganapati-khanda and Krsna-janma-khanda. The Krsna-janma-khanda is the largest, comprising about half of the entire work. Although the Vrindavan pastimes are narrated in this khanda, they are briefly described in comparison with what is found in Srimad-Bhagavatam. There are interesting details not found elsewhere including the previous lives of many prominent characters.

This volume presents the Brahma-vaivarta Purana in story form, condensed so that the reader's interest will be held.