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मत्स्य पुराण

Matsya Purana: 2 Volumes


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The Matsya Purana earns its title from the fish incarnation of Visnu, the other nine being Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Bhargava Parasurama, Rama, Krsna, Buddha and Kalki. The Matsya Purana is not all based totally on the life story of Matsya, but it deals with various other subjects, though in some of the chapters Matsya himself is the speaker.

Matsya Purana contains 291 chapters in total. First among all it describes the dialogues between Manu and the Lord, known as Manusamvada and deals with the following subjects in successive order, viz- the history of Brahmanda, the Sariraka Samkhya as explained by Brahma, the origin of the Devas and Asuras, as well as Maruts, the observance of Madanadvadasi vrata, the ways of the worship of the Lokapalas, the description of the Manvantaras, the history of king Vena, the birth of the Sun and Vaivasvata and the meeting with Budha.

Then it deals with the families of the manes, the times of performing Sraddha, Pitrtirtha Pravasa, the birth of the moon, the history of Yavati, the glory of Svamikartika, the history of the Vrsni and Yadava houses. Then it describes various ordinances, glory of various tirthas and rivers, the movement of Sun and Moon and their relative positions, the churning of the ocean, worship of the Devas, the characteristics of palaces, pandals and housebuilding, the forms of the temples and pandals, the history of Puru dynasty, the narration of the coming sovereigns, the description of the sixteen gifts such as Tuladana, etc., the names of the Kalpas etc.

The present edition of Matsya Purana is a complete book in 2 volumes that includes Sanskrit text, English translation with Notes, an exhaustive Introduction and complete Index of Verses. We hope that this book will be very useful not only for the general readers who have interest in ancient Indian literatures, but also for the scholars.




  Introduction xiii
CHAPTER 1 The cause of the lord Visnu assuming the form of fish and other related details 1
CHAPTER 2 Conversation between Matsya and Manu 4
CHAPTER 3 The primary creation 7
CHAPTER 4 The story of Sarasvati 11
CHAPTER 5 Birth of the daughters of Daksa and Kumara Karttikeya 16
CHAPTER 6 Description of the Kasyapa dynasty 19
CHAPTER 7 Birth of Maruts and description of Madana Dvadasi 22
CHAPTER 8 Presiding deities of each sarga and the crowning of Prthu as king 28
CHAPTER 9 Description of Manvantaras and seven Rsis 29
CHAPTER 10 The story of the king Prthu and the milking of the cow 32
CHAPTER 11 Genesis of the solar and lunar dynasties and the story of Ila 35
CHAPTER 12 The story of Ila and description of Iksvaku dynasty 40
CHAPTER 13 Description of Pitr-vamsa and the hundred and eight names of the Goddess 45
CHAPTER 14 Fall of Acchoda from the heaven and her redemption at her prayer to the manes 50
CHAPTER 15 Description of Pitr-vamsa and the method of performing Sraddha 52
CHAPTER 16 Different kinds of Sraddhas and the qualities of the Brahmanas to be invited in the Sraddhas 55
CHAPTER 17 Performing of Sraddha for achieving prosperity and emancipation 61
CHAPTER 18 Method of Ekoddisti and Sapindikarana Sraddha 67
CHAPTER 19 Distribution of havya and kavya by Pitrs in Sraddhas 69
CHAPTER 20 Story of the sage Kausika and the ants 71
CHAPTER 21 The story of Brahmadatta and the four sheldrake birds 74
CHAPTER 22 The time suitable for the performing of sraddha and some rules connected with the same 77
CHAPTER 23 The origin of Moon, his marriage, performing of Rajasuya yajna, his attraction for Tara, his fight with lord Siva, and ending of war at the instance of Brahma. 83
CHAPTER 24 Birth of Budha from the womb of Tara, the story of Urvasi and Pururava and that of Yayati 88
CHAPTER 25 Kaca and Devayani join Sukra for learning of Mrtasanjivani after bearing painful situations 93
CHAPTER 26 Devayani proposes marriage with Kaca who refused and their mutual showering of curses 100
CHAPTER 27 Quarrel between Devayani and Sarmistha, Sarmistha pushes Devayani into the well, Yayati saves Devayani, conversation between Devayani and Sukracarya 102
CHAPTER 28 History of Yayati and dialogue between Devayani and Sukra 105
CHAPTER 29 Denouncement of Vrsaparva by Sukracarya and Sarmistha becomes the slave girl of Devayani 106
CHAPTER 30 Forest sports of Devayani and Sarmistha with their handmaids, arrival of the king Yayati – his talk with Devayani and his marriage with her. 109
CHAPTER 31 Birth of a son to Yayati from Devayani, meeting of Sarmistha with Yayati in seclusion and the birth of a son to her as well 112
CHAPTER 32 Talk between Sarmistha and Devayani getting annoyed at the birth of a son to Sarmistha, Devayani goes to her father with a complaint. 115
CHAPTER 33 Yayati's efforts to exchange of old age with the youthful age of his sons who declined, but Puru accepted the old age of Yayati, earning the boons 118
CHAPTER 34 Enjoying of worldly pleasures by Yayati, and then his proceeding to the forest crowing Puru as the king 121
CHAPTER 35 Performing of the tapas by the king Yayati and his reaching the heaven 124
CHAPTER 36 At the instance of Indra, Yayati repeats the advice given by him to his son Puru 125
CHAPTER 37 Fall of Yayati from the heaven and the question asked to him by Astaka 127
CHAPTER 38 Conversation between Yayati and Astaka 129
CHAPTER 39 Conversation between Yayati and Astaka 132
CHAPTER 40 Discussion of Yayati and Astaka on asrama dharma 135
CHAPTER 41 Discussion between Yayati and Astaka, Yayati refuses to accept the merits granted by 137
CHAPTER 42 Refusal of the king Yayati to accept the offer of the kings including Astaka and others 140
CHAPTER 43 Description of Yayati's dynasty and the story of Kartavirya Arjuna 144
CHAPTER 44 Burning of the trees with lustre of Kartavirya, curse of Vasistha to Kartvirya and the description of Andhaka race 147
CHAPTER 45 The story of Syamantaka gem 154
CHAPTER 46 Description of Vrsni dynasty 156
CHAPTER 47 Life story of Krsna, history of Daityas, battle of gods and the demons 159
CHAPTER 48 Description of Turvasu and Druhya, story of Bali and the birth of Karna 181
CHAPTER 49 Description of Puruvamsa, Bharatavamsa and the birth of Bharadvaja etc. 189
CHAPTER 50 Comprehensive history of the rulers of Puruvamsa 194
CHAPTER 51 Dynasty, Origin and various names of Agni 201
CHAPTER 52 Description of Dharma and Adharma, the excellence of Karmayoga over Jnana-yoga 205
CHAPTER 53 Descriptions of Puranas and merit of making the gift of a Purana 208
CHAPTER 54 About the ordinance of Naksatra-purusa 214
CHAPTER 55 The merits of the vow of Aditya-sayana 218
CHAPTER 56 Krsnastami Vrata and the merits of adoration of Siva in different months 221
CHAPTER 57 Rohinicandra-sayana Vrata, The rules of performing different vows 222
CHAPTER 58 The rules of consecration of newly built tanks, wells, pools, temples etc. 225
CHAPTER 59 The rites of dedicating trees and planting groves 230
CHAPTER 60 About the ordinance of Saubhagya-sayana 232
CHAPTER 61 The birth of Agastya and the dialogue between Narada and Siva 236
CHAPTER 62 Description of Ananta-trtiya vow 241
CHAPTER 63 Vow of "Rasakalyanini trtiya" and rite of Sahasra Agnistoma 245
CHAPTER 64 About the ordinance of Ardranandakari trtiya 248
CHAPTER 65 Vow of Aksaya-trtiya and its merit 250
CHAPTER 66 Description of Sarasvata ordinance 251
CHAPTER 67 Merits of charity at the time of solar and lunar eclipses 252
CHAPTER 68 Rituals of bathing on the seventh day of a bright fortnight 254
CHAPTER 69 Vow of Bhima Dvadasi 258
CHAPTER 70 Vow of Anangadana, the method of worshipping Kama 263
CHAPTER 71 Description of the ordinance known as Asunyasayanadvitiya 269
CHAPTER 72 The vow of Angaraka, the dialogue between Pippalada and Yudhisthira 270
CHAPTER 73 Method of the pacification of planet Brhaspati and Sukra 275
CHAPTER 74 The vow and merits of Kalyana-saptami 276
CHAPTER 75 The merits of the vow of Visoka-saptami 278
CHAPTER 76 The ordinance of Phala-saptami 279
CHAPTER 77 The vow and merits of Sarkara-saptami 280
CHAPTER 78 The vow and merits of Kamala-saptami 282
CHAPTER 79 The vow and merits of Mandara-saptami 283
CHAPTER 80 The ordinance of Subha-saptami 284
CHAPTER 81 The ordinance of Visoka-dvadasi, the method of worshipping Laksmi 285
CHAPTER 82 The merits of gift of Gudadhenu and other symbolic images of the cow 288
CHAPTER 83 The benefits and greatness of all gifts 291
CHAPTER 84 The description of gift of salt-hill 295
CHAPTER 85 The description of gift of raw-sugar-hill 296
CHAPTER 86 The description of mountain of gold 296
CHAPTER 87 The description of mount of sesamum 297
CHAPTER 88 The description of gift of cotton-hill 298
CHAPTER 89 The description of mount of clarified butter 298
CHAPTER 90 The description of mount of gems 299
CHAPTER 91 The description of the mount of silver 300
CHAPTER 92 The description of the sugar-hill 301
CHAPTER 93 The performance of Santi and Pusti (Oblation to the nine planets) 304
CHAPTER 94 Description of the form of nine planets 318
CHAPTER 95 Method and merit of the ordinance of Siva-caturdasi 319
CHAPTER 96 The greatness of giving up of all fruits 322
CHAPTER 97 The method of Sunday ordinance 325
CHAPTER 98 The process of bringing Samkranti to a close 326
CHAPTER 99 The vow of Visnu-vratam, known as the Vibhuti-Dvadasi 328
CHAPTER 100 Description of the vow of Visnu-vratam 330
CHAPTER 101 Prescribing of the sixty vratas and the related glory 334
CHAPTER 102 Method of taking bath and the performing of tarpana 341
CHAPTER 103 Anxiety of Yudhisthira, his meeting with the sage Markandeya 344
CHAPTER 104 The glory of Prayaga and description of various sacred places 347
CHAPTER 105 Position of those who die at Prayaga and the importance of giving a cow in charity 348
CHAPTER 106 Glory of Prayaga and description of various auspicious places 351
CHAPTER 107 Description of the various sacred places of Prayaga 355
CHAPTER 108 The glory of Prayagatirtha 357
CHAPTER 109 Glory of Prayaga in preference to other tirthas 360
CHAPTER 110 Dwelling of all the auspicious tirthas at Prayaga 362
CHAPTER 111 Stay of Brahma, Visnu and Siva at Prayaga 363
CHAPTER 112 Glory of Prayaga as described by Vasudeva 365
CHAPTER 113 The description of Jambudvipa and its mountains and varsas 366
CHAPTER 114 Description of Bharatavarsa, Kimpurusa and Harivarsa 373
CHAPTER 115 Story of the earlier birth Pururava 380
CHAPTER 116 Description of Airavati river 381
CHAPTER 117 Description of the astonishing splendour of Himalaya 383
CHAPTER 118 Description of the astonishing beauty of Himalaya and the hermitage of the sage Atri 385
CHAPTER 119 Entry of Pururava in the hermitage, description of the grandeur of the asrama and the tapas performed by Pururava 390
CHAPTER 120 Tapas of the king Pururava, sports of Gandharvas and apsaras, arrival of the sage Atri, the boon granted to the king 393
CHAPTER 121 Description of Kailasa and Ganga besides Jambudvipa 397
CHAPTER 122 Description of Sakadvipa, Kusadvipa and Salmalidvipa 402
CHAPTER 123 Description of Gomedaka and Puskaradvipa 409
CHAPTER 124 Speed of the Sun and the Moon described 414
CHAPTER 125 Description of the movement of the sun and his chariot 421
CHAPTER 126 Riding of different gods over the Sun's chariot in different months 425
CHAPTER 127 Description of the chariot of the planets and praise of Dhruva 431
CHAPTER 128 Movements of divine planets and the speed of the sun and the moon 433
CHAPTER 129 The building of Tripura 439
CHAPTER 130 Building of Tripura by Maya-danava 442
CHAPTER 131 Comfortable living of the Daityas in Tripura, witnessing of the dream by Maya 444
CHAPTER 132 Atrocities of the Daityas of Tripura, taking refuge of the gods with Brahma 448
CHAPTER 133 Building of a surprising chariot of Siva for the killing of Tripurasura 450
CHAPTER 134 Attack on Tripura by Siva and other gods 455
CHAPTER 135 Attack on Tripura by Indra at the command of Siva, victory of the gods the retreat of the Danavas to Tripura 458
CHAPTER 136 Anxiety of Maya, construction of a surprising step well, terrific war between Nandikesvara and Tarakasura 465
CHAPTER 137 Anxiety of Maya with the drying of the step-well, Danavas enter the nether world 470
CHAPTER 138 Terrific battle between the gods and the Danavas and killing of Tarakasura 473
CHAPTER 139 Maya entrusts safety of Tripura to the Danavas convincing them again 478
CHAPTER 140 War between Gods and Danavas, killing of Vidyunmali by Nandisvara 483
CHAPTER 141 Pururava's union with the sun and moon 489
CHAPTER 142 Description of the Yugas 496
CHAPTER 143 Description of yajna and its method 502
CHAPTER 144 The temperament of Dvapara and Kaliyuga, the story of the king Pramati, start of Krtayuga 505


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