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Markandeya Purana

Markandeya Purana

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The Markandeya Purana (मार्कण्‍डेय पुराण) is one of the major eighteen Mahapuranas, a genre of Hindu religious texts. It is written in the style of a dialogue between the ancient sage Markandeya and Jaimini, a disciple of Vyasa.


Markandeya Puran belong to the ancient times. It was read by Saint Markandeya to Kaushtaki. This Puran explains the magnificence and glory of different Devas including Indra, Sun, Fire etc. This Puran also talks about a person's responsibilities, duties, day-to-day works etc. This Puran explains the magnificence of Devi Bhagwati and Durga Saptashati. It talks about various stories about Durga Saptashati, King Harishchandra, Atri-Anusuniya etc.

Summary of markandeya Puran

Markandeya Puran depicts various different birds as preachers. The first part is a conversation between Saint Markandeya and Jaimini which related to Dharma. It also talks about the battle between Aadi and Bak birds, pilgrimage of Balbhadri ji, stories about Draupadi's five sons, stories about Harishchandra, stories about Dattatreya.
          This Puran also talks about the way in which a person should live his life. It talks about various duties and responsibilities. It explains the importance of denying material life and walking on the path of salvation. Generosity and Dharma has always been considered above worshipping, prayers and pujas.
          This Puran also talks about the importance of Yoga in life. It explains the importance of having control on the body and the mind. It says that devoting oneself to Onkar is necessary in order to get closer to God. Worshipping Lord Brahma and sacrificing all desires and wants is the only way to attain salvation. All this has been explained through different stories.
          Markandeya Puran also explains the character and personality of various saints and scholars. It talks about Alark, Madalsa, King Avikshit, Ikshvaku, Nal, Durgaji etc. It also talks about the creation of the Earth, birth of Lord Sun, Saint Manu's family and stories about Mahatma Khanitra.



Importance Of Markandeya Puran
Markandeya Puran talks about various important incidents through its 137 chapters and nine thousand shlokas. It is known as Markandeya Puran due to the involvement of Saint Markandeya. This Puran mainly explains the magnificence of Durga Saptashati and hence is considered to be a Puran belonging to the Shakt community.
          Saint Markandeya talks about various duties, responsibilities etc in this Puran. He talks about the right way to live a life. This Puran also talks about the beauty of ancient India. This Puran gives knowledge about the soul so that a person can deny all desires and wants and can walk the path of salvation.



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