Devipurāṇa

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Devipurana, DevipurANa, Devipuraana


The Devīpurāna is an Upapurāṇa belonging to the Śakti sampradaya, which mainly deals with the exploits of the Devī, especially as Vindhya-vāsinī. Devipurāṇa was probably composed in Bengal in the seventh century A. D.and the printed edition available now, is only a part of a much bigger original version. The method of the worship of the Devī mentioned in Devīpurāna is very different from that followed in present-day Bengal.

Content of Devīpurāna

The topics dealt by Devīpurāna include:

  • Dexterity of Devī Vindhya-vāsinī
  • Various stories connected with Devī’s incarnations
  • Devī’s relationship with Śiva and other gods
  • Śākta iconography
  • Śākta vows
  • Some cults of Śiva, Viṣṇu and Gaṇapati
  • Construction of towns and forts
  • Different Vedic schools
  • The science of medicine
  • Holy places
  • Giving gifts
  • Customs and usages of people

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore