Hinduism

Srimad Bhagavatam : The Puranic Text of Hindu Literature

Srimad Bhagavatam

is a literary classic of Hindu wisdom. The text is also known as

Bhagavata purana

or

Bhagavatam.

This ancient classic holds a great position in Hindu culture and spiritual understanding. It is known as

‘the ripe fruit of Vedic tree’

and literary incarnation of Lord Krishna. This article describes the various features of Srimad Bhagavatam.

The Author of Srimad Bhagavatam

Sri Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasadeva

is the author of Srimad Bhagavatam. Vyasadev was greatest among the philosphers. He compiled the 4 vedas with all mantras and hymns for the rituals. But after doing that he was feeling despondent.

Narada muni was spiritual master of Sri Vyasadev. He approached Vyasadev and said, “Although you have described four principles with religious performances, you have not described the pastimes of Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vasudeva. The literatures which do not describe the transcendental pastimes of Krishna and philosophy that do not satisfy the senses of Krishna are worthless. Thus you should write the transcendental science of Krishna consciousness.”

Vyasadev took the instruction of Narada muni and composed this wonderful literature called Bhagavatam, the king of all literatures. In revered form it is referred as Srimad Bhagavatam.

About Srimad Bhagavatam

Srimad Bhagavatam is written in 12 cantos. It has 18000 verses that describe the science of God. It includes biographies of devotees and followers of path of Bhakti who reached the Supreme abode of Krishnaloka.

Srimad Bhagavatam is the most complete exposition of Vedic knowledge. It covers everything from the origin of the Universe to the attainment of the Supreme. It touches all the fields of knowledge of human beings. It begins with

“Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”.

The first verse of Bhagavatam says clearly that this literature is for those who are serious about the spiritual matters.

Please refer to other articles on the site for more details of Srimad Bhagavatam.

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