The Vamana Purana – Part 1: Ancient Indian Tradition and Mythology – Vol. 72 (HB) | G.P. Bhatt (Author) | MLBD Publications

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Vamana is assigned fourteenth position in the list of eighteen Mahapuranas or major Puranic texts, preceded by Skanda and suceeded by Kurma. It gets its name after Vamana or the dwarf incarnation of God Visnu, which is the first human incarnation preceded by the “Fish”, “Tortoise”.

“Boar” and “Man-Lion” incarnations that can, by the way, be seen as corresponding to the earlier stages of the evolution of life on the earth, the main pupose of the Purana being a description of the legend of the demon Bali, grandson of Prahlada, the Visnu devotee par excellence, suffering a great discomfiture due to very tactful manoeuvre resorted by God Visnu as the dwarf.

The extent text of Vamana has 95 chapters and approximately 6,000 slokas, though Bhagavata and some other Puranas state that Vamana has an Uttarabhaga also containing four Samhitas of 1000 slokas each, which, however, has not been discovered so far. As the title indicates, this Purana has mainly a Vaisnava theme but Saiva material also forms an integral part of it, e.g., ›ivaís killing of the demon Andhaka, marriage of Siva and Parvati, birth of Ganesa and Karttikeya, defeat of Mahisasura by Devi, glorification of Sivalingas and their installation. The legends, stories and episodes included in this Purana re generally of the same type as found in other Puranas.

About the Author

He is the former Professor of the P.G.Deptt of special assistance in Philosophy ( now Centre of Advanced Study), Utkal University , Bhubaneswar. He has also been the General President of All Odisha Philosophy Association ( 2000) and also General President of the Indian Philosophical Congress ( 2007) . He has been awarded with a number of fellowship and has lectured in many countries across Asia, Europe , North America and Australia. He has so far published 16 books and around 200 papers etc, in different journals and those are reviewed and referred to both in India and abroad.

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