Naradeya Purana

Naradeya Purana

The Naradiya Purana, or Narada Purana, one of the major eighteen Puranas, a Hindu religious text. It deals with the places of pilgrimages. It is in the style of dialogue between the sage Narad, and Sanat Kumar. During the course of the dialogue between the two, Narada explains to Sanat Kumar the major places of piligrimages, their location, and significance.


The printed editions of this text are divided into two parts. The first part consists of 125 chapters. Chapters 92-109 contain detail information regarding the contents of the eighteen extant prinicipal Puranas. The second part consists of 82 chapters.

tories 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).

It should be noted that 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.

Further reading

*Mani, Vettam. "Puranic Encyclopedia". 1st English ed. New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1975.

External links

* [ Synopsis of Narada Purana]

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