by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes Nagara-khanda which is book 6 of the English translation of the Skanda Purana, the largest of the eighteen Mahapuranas, preserving the ancient Indian society and Hindu traditions in an encyclopedic format, detailling on topics such as dharma (virtous lifestyle), cosmogony (creation of the universe), mythology (itihasa), genealogy (vamsha) etc.
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The Nāgara-khaṇḍa describes the sacredness and glory of Hāṭakeśvara-kṣetra, the area around Vadnagar (Ahmedabad Dist., Gujarat). It is called by various names out of which Camatkārapura is more common. Dr. R.N. Mehta, former head of the Dept. of Archaeology, M.S. University Baroda, informs me that human habitation in that area dates back to the 1st century B.C.E. His article: “Vadnagara: A Study” in Journal of the M.S. University, Baroda, Vol. XVII, April 1918, throws some light on some incidents in this Purāṇa.