Content of Brahmavaivarta Purana
As mentioned above, this extensive work is divided into four books. The first book, the Brahma Kanda, deals with the creation by Brahman, the First Being. This Brahman is said to b e none other than the Lord Krishna. In this book, many legends about the sage Narada are included. Chapter 16 even contains a treatise on medicine.
The second book, the Prakriti Khanda, deals with Prakriti, the original matter. In this Purana, Prakriti is conceived of in mythological terms, resolving itself, at the command of Krishna, into five goddesses (Goddess Durga, Goddess Laxmi, Goddess Saraswati, Savitri and Radha).
The third book, the Ganesha Khanda, relates legends of the elephant-headed god Ganesha, who is unknown to the oldest Indian pantheon, but is one of the most popular of the more modern Indian deities. Rather curiously, Lord Ganesha is represented here as a kind of incarnation of Lord Kishna.
The last and most extensive book, the Krishnajanma Khanda, the section of the birth of Krishna, deals not only with the birth, but with the whole life of Krishna, especially his battles and his love adventures with the cow-herdesses (Gopis). It is the chief part of the whole Purana, which throughout pursues no other object than to glorify the god Krishna and his favourite wife Radha, in myths, legends and hymns. Radha is here Krishna's Sakti. According to this Purana, Krishna is so much the god above all gods, that legends are related in which not only Brahma and Shiva, but even Vishnu himself, are humiliated by Krishna.
Thus given above is a brief glimpse into the Brahmavaivarta Purana.
(Last Updated on : 27-10-2010)
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