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Narada Purana

Narada Purana

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The Naradiya Purana (नारदीय पुराण) or Narada Purana (नारद पुराण) is one of the major eighteen Mahapuranas, a genre of Hindu religious texts. It deals with the places of pilgrimages. It is in the style of dialogue between the sage Narada, and Sanatkumara. During the course of the dialogue between the two, Narada explains to Sanatkumara the major places of piligrimages, their location, and significance.

Date of composition of Narada Purana

The Naradiya Purana is closely related to another text called Brhan-naradiya Purana . Rajendra Chandra Hazra dates Brhannaradiya Purana between 850 CE and 950 CE. According to him, the present Naradiya Purana is based on the Brhannaradiya Purana , and therefore, should have been written after 850-950 CE.



Narratives from Narada Purana

Narada Purana contains some of the famous stories that are well-known and that occur in other puranas also. Some of the important stories narrated by Narada are:

Story of Markandeya

Markandeya is a son of Sage Mrikandu, who is born with the grace of Lord Vishnu. He become as very great devotee of Lord Vishnu and composed a purana which goes by his name as Markandeya Purana . Vishnu grants him a boon so that Markandeya lives eternally, so much so that he even survives the Pralaya (end of cosmic cycle).

This account as narrated in Narada Purana differs from the popular story (as it occurs in Linga purana) that Markandeya was a devotte of Lord Shiva and overcomes death with the grace of Lord Shiva.


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