Bhagavata Purana

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"Bhagavata Purana" is the name of one of the puranic texts of Hinduism. Not to be confused with the religious text, Bhagavad Gita, the Bhagavata Purana emphasizes the practice of Bhakti yoga in devotion to the supreme deity, Vishnu, as Krishna. Like other puranas, the Bhagavata also covers a large range of topics, such as culture, geography, cosmology, genealogy and mythology. It is believed to have been written between the eighth and tenth centuries C.E.

The name of the text comes from the Sanskrit Bhagavat, meaning “the adored one” or “the sacred one,” and purana, meaning “ancient” or “old.” It is also sometimes called "Srimad Bhagavatam," or “Story of the Fortunate One.”

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Arranged as 12 sections, or books, the "Bhagavata Purana" is the best known of the puranas and is significant for stressing worship of Krishna and its emphasis on yoga as a form of bhakti (loving devotion to the Divine). This purana expands on bhakti as a yogic path, describing such yogic activities as meditation, with the the focus on honoring Krishna. Unlike classical yoga, Bhakti yoga, as described in the Bhagavata, teaches that the mind is transformed when it is filled with devotion to Krishna.

The Bhagavata is also well-known as a source of stories about the young Krishna's playful and mischievous childhood. The stories are often read to children.

The "Bhagavata Purana" is believed to be written by the sage Vyasadeva, who is also credited as the compiler of the Vedas. The Bhagavata is said to be his commentary on the "Vedanta Sutra."

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