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Narada Purana (Stories from the)

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Narada Purana comes in the category of Satvik Puranas as it describes the stories of Lord Vishnu and that of his incarnations. This is the second in the series of maha-puranas,...

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Narada Purana comes in the category of Satvik Puranas as it describes the stories of Lord Vishnu and that of his incarnations. This is the second in the series of maha-puranas, told in story form. In the Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 12 chapter 7 verses 23 and 24 it is stated: The eighteen major Puranas are the Brahma, Padma, Visnu, Siva, Linga, Garuda, Narada, Bhagavata, Agni, Skanda, Bhavisya, Brahma-vaivarta, Markandeya, Vamana, Varaha, Matsya, Kurma and Brahmanda Puranas. This summary is told by Purnaprajna dasa.

This volume is very small, specially considering the size of the Narada Purana, because it is a summary study, in story form. There are not many stories told in the Narada Purana. Most of the book consists of very elaborate descriptions of various methods of worship of the Supreme Lord or the demigods as well as glorification of various holy places and religious vows.

While writing articles for Back to Gadhead magazine, devotees have refereed to several stories in the Narada Purana, including the carving of the Deities of Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra by Vishvakarma, and the story of how Narada Muni became the gopi Naradi, so that he would be able to understand the conjugal pastimes of Lord Krishan.

I know that everyone loves a good story. There are many fascinating stories contained in the Puranas and so we hope that you enjoy these few that are presented from the Narada Purana.

 

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