(Last Updated on : 09-06-2017)
, one of the oldest Purana
of India is a Sanskrit
text of Hinduism
. Markandeya refers to a rishi (sage
) in Indian mythology who is the central character in two legends, one related to Shiva and the other to Vishnu
. Devi Mahatmya
, which is the oldest known treatise on Devi (goddess) as the Supreme Truth and creator of the universe, is a noteworthy aspect of this Puran. Markandeya Purana has survived and has made its way into the modern era in numerous versions giving an idea about its contents and characters. Given below are the Characters of Markandeya Purana like Markandeya, Demon Mahisha, Dama, King Khaninetra and Khanitra.
, a devotee of both Shiva and Vishnu was an ancient rishi. He was born in the clan of Bhrigu
Rishi. He is a part of the Markandeya Purana, Bhagavata Purana
. Markandeya Purana contains a dialogue between Markandeya and a sage called Jaimini
. In Bhagavata Purana, a number of chapters are dedicated to his conversations and prayers. Markandeya Tirtha is the place where the sage Markandeya wrote the Markandeya Purana. It is situated on a trekking
route to the Yamunotri
Shrine in the Uttarkashi district
As highlighted in Indian Mythology
, there was a time when demons
controlled the priests and consumed the offerings which were made to Gods
. One such demon was Mahisha
. He was buffalo-headed. The power of the demons became a matter of concern for the Gods. Consequently, they created Durga from different parts of their body. Durga
destroyed Mahisha during her battle of the Gods with the asuras. According to Mahabharata, Mahisha was a monster who was killed by Skanda
Dama was a prince and the son of Narishyanta
. Dama is known to rescue his bride Sumana, daughter of the king Dasarha
from his rivals. Dama is also known to kill Bapushmat in retaliation and made the Pinda or obsequial offering to his father of his flesh.
The valiant, gallant and generous Khaninetra
was the son of King Vivinsha. Khaninetra is known for donating the whole earth after completing ten thousand Yajnas. The Brahmin
s received so much wealth from Khaninetra as donations that there was no need for them to take donations for the rest of their lives.
was the brother of Khaninetra. The two brothers were the descendants of Nedishtha.