By Swami Harshananda
Varāhapurāṇa is listed as the twelfth among the eighteen Mahāpurāṇas. It is a Vaiṣṇava work. It was taught by Varāha to Bhudevī. The extant texts have 217 or 218 chapters, the total number of verses being around 10,000, though some purāṇas like the Matsya mention it as 24,000. Six chapters are entirely in prose. It probably took the present shape before the tenth century A. D.
- Śrāddha - obsequal rites
- Prāyaścittas - expiations
- Dāna - giving gifts
- Images and their worship
- Narakas - hells
Verses from this work have been extensively quoted in the dharmaśāstra treatises.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore