The Markandeya Purana

by Frederick Eden Pargiter | 1904 | 247,181 words | ISBN-10: 8171102237

Summary: This is the English translation of the Markandeya Purana, one of the eighteen Mahapuranas. The Puranas (purāṇa) are a genre of Hindu religious texts. Its leading feature is narrative; and it presents an uninterrupted succession of legends.

This translation features Sanskrit-native words that have been rendered using the IAST transliteration scheme. The Markandeya Purana is known in Sanskrit as Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa (मार्कण्डेय-पुराण).

The book opens with chapters 1-9 where Jaimini is referred by Mārkaṇḍeya to the wise Birds, and they directly explain to him the four questions that perplexed him and some connected matters. Chapters 10-44 continues Jaimini questions to the Birds. Chapters 45-81 contain the accounts of the 14 Manvantaras. Chapters 82-92 contains the Devī-māhātmya. Chapters 93-136 the discourse of Mārkaṇḍeya and Krauṣṭuki started at chapter 81. Chapter 137 concludes the work.


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