The first part (purvabhaga) has 125 chapters in four padas or quarters. The second part (uttarabhaga) has 82 chapters.
The first part is sometimes identified with the Brhan-naradiya-purana.
The contents in brief are as follows: praise of Visnu, and bhakti or devotion; geography Bharatavarsa (India); story of Bhagiratha bringing the Ganga river from heaven and its greatness; a few vratas; varnasramadharmas; patakas or sins; sadacara or good conduct; sraddha or obsequial ceremonies.
The story of the king Rukmangada who was a great devotee of Visnu and who meticulously observed the ekadasi vrata has received a detailed treatment.