In this Kali Yuga, devotion towards God, is said to be the easiest way of crossing the
ocean of Samsara. In the books extolling 'Bhakti Tattva' there is no treatise
which equals this Bhagavata?
The King Parikshit of Pandava race, was severely cursed by Srungi, due to a heinous
crime committed by him to the latter's father. The king came to know that he would sure meet his
death at the end of a week. At that critical juncture he was expecting a Guru who would show him
a way out. At the moment, Sage Suka, the son of Vyasa, happened to come to him, by the grace
of God. The Sage preached the king, the Bhagavata Purana, for a week. That is the reason
why, Bhagavata Pravachanams are arranged generally for a week.
The Bhagavata Project was established by T.T.D. with the intention of bringing out a
critical edition of Bhagavata. Eminent scholars have since completed the onerous task of editing
the book with three famous commentaries.
The process of printing the sacred work is under progress. So far, the first Skandha and
three volumes of the tenth Skandha have been published. The present volume is the fourth
Skandha. The well-known scholar, and recipient of President's award, late Dr. N.C.V.
Narasimhacharya, has edited this volume. Our grateful thanks are due to him.
We are putting forth our sincere efforts to publish the remaining volumes soon. It is hoped
that the readers would receive this volume with due devotion and respect.
While Bhagavad-Gita is a theoretical treatise, the Bhagavata is a treatise full of practical
illustrations, according to the experts in spiritual field. What is enunciated in the Gita by way of
theory is amply illustrated by interesting stories in Bhagavata. For example, Lord Krishna says in
the Gita that there are four kinds of devotees worshipping Him, namely Aarta, Jijnaasu, Arthaarthi
The nature of all these devotees is clearly explained in Bhagavata through
beautiful stories. Aarta Bhakta is Gajendra, Jijnaasu Bhakta is Uddhava, Arthaarthi Bhakta is
Ohruva, while Jnaani Bhakta is Suka. The stories of Gajendra etc. are very famous in Bhagavata.
Bhagavata, in its Twelfth Canto, explains its own greatness as follows: "The other
Puranas shine amongst the virtuous, so long as this Purana is not known. Srimadbhagavatam is the
essence of the entire Vedanta. One who is satisfied by this ambrosia of Bhagavata will not relish
any other Purana. This Purana is considered as the foremost of all the other Puranas, just as the
Ganga amongst the rivers, Vishnu amongst Gods and Siva amidst the devotees of Lord Vishnu."
The readers are aware that the TTO is publishing various religious books in numerous
languages... In order to bring out the critical edition of Srimadbhagavatam Purana, with well-known
commentaries, the Bhagavata Project was established by the TTD.
Eminent scholars edited this holy book after perusing a large number of editions with three
famous commentaries of Sridhar, Veera raghava and Vijayadhwaja. All the information related to
this critical edition, has already been given in the introduction of the first Skandha itself.
The first Skandha and the three volumes of the tenth Skandha have already
been published by the TTO. The present volume is the fourth Skandha. The publication of the
remaining volumes is under progress.
In this Skandha, the destruction of Oaksha Yajna, the story of Ohruva, the account of
Vena, the story of Pruthu and the Puranjanopakhyana and other subjects are vividly described.
Oaksha Prajapati while performing Yajna despises Lord Siva and gets annihilated. Ohruva, on
the other hand, though a child, inspired by Narada, performs penance soliciting the grace of Lord
Vasudeva and becomes the Pole-star.
Vena, due to his unrighteous conduct, gets destroyed, while Pruthu with his righteous
conduct becomes a glorious king. Similarly, the story of Puranjana is pregnant with philosophical
thought. These stories attract the hearts of readers and fill them with piety.
This Skandha was edited by well-known Sanskrit scholar, recipient of President's award,
and our Guru, Sriman Dr. N.C.V. Narasimhacharya Swami. He reached the Lotus feet of the
Lord, even before the publication of this book.'
The scholars who assisted in preparing this edition are: 1. Sriman K.C. Jayachandra
Sastri, 2. Sriman U. Venkatramaiah and 3. Sriman Varada Rajan, who deserve the gratitude of the
The research assistants, namely, Sriman S.B.S. Bhattachaarya and
Smt. S. Puranavali also deserve our commendation. Sri 1. Venkateswara Rao and
Dr. S. Dasaratha and others who helped immensely in proof reading of the work also
deserve our gratitude.
Sri Ajeya Kallam, lAS, the revered Executive Officer of the TTD and
Dr.V.R.Panchamukhi,the well-known Sanskrit scholar; the revered Chancellor of
Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidya Peeta, Tirupati and Hon. Member of the TTD Board and
Dr. Medasani Mohan, the Director of Annamacharya Project and other members of the
advisory committee of the Bhagavatam project are offered our deep gratitude for their
keen interest and co-operation in bringing out this edition.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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