Vismidharmottarapurāṇa

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vismidharmottarapurana, VismidharmottarapurANa, Vismidharmottarapuraana


Origin of Vismidharmottarapurāṇa

Vismidharmottarapurāṇa, though classed among the Upapurāṇas, is an important work quite extensive and encyclopedic in nature. It might have been compiled around A. D. 400 to 500. Its contents have been widely used by the writers of dharmaśāstras.

Contents of Vismidharmottarapurāṇa

Vismidharmottarapurāṇa is in three sections. The topics covered in this purāṇa are as following:

  • Geography
  • Astronomy
  • Astrology
  • Pacification of unfavorable stars and plants
  • Omens and portents
  • Marriage
  • Duties of women
  • Penances
  • Vratas or religious vows and observances
  • Śrāddhas[1]
  • Duties of Vaiṣṇavas
  • Science of war and allied topics
  • Medical sciences
  • Music and dancing
  • Sculpture theology
  • Vaiṣṇava theology


References

  1. Śrāddhas means funeral rites.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore