The Bhagavat Purana is one of the eighteen Puranas of the Hindus. It is also called Shrimad Bhagavatam or simply Bhagavatam. The main theme of the Bhagavata Purana is devotion. In the Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu avatar Shri Krishna is depicted as the God of all the gods and the Lord himself. With this, we get to see the devotion of Ras Bhavan. Traditionally, the author of Bhagavata Purana is considered to be Maharishi Ved Vyas. In the story of Bhagwat Purana, Lord Shukdev Maharaj shows Parikshit the path of devotion and leads him towards attaining salvation. In each verse of Bhagavata Purana, there is a light of love for Shri Krishna. Herein, there is a wonderful collection of inspirational anecdotes and stories with a lot of knowledge and with the elements of the following: the methods of winning divine grace, siddha-bhakti, maryada-marga (the path of modesty), duality & non-duality. Let us talk about various aspects of Bhagwat Puran and importance of Srimad Bhagavatam Mahapuran.
About Srimad Bhagavatam Mahapuran Katha
Shrimad Bhagwat Purana, which is enacted on the streets and squares, enjoys the status of being a very important scripture in Hinduism. The Bhagavata Purana is the main text of the Vaishnava sect. The esoteric and mystical subjects of the Vedas, Upanishads and Philosophy are referred to in the Bhagavata Purana very simply. We can also call this great book the encyclopedia of Indian religion and culture. For hundreds of years, this Purana has been playing an important role in establishing the religious, social and temporal limits of Hindu society. In this Purana, we get to see in detail the secrets of fruitive action, duality-non-duality, nishkama karma, devotion, grace, siddhi sadhna, knowledge sadhna, maryada, vyak- avyakt and nirguna-sagun secrets.
The description and meaning of Shrimad Bhagwat Purana is full of poetic beauty. It is an inexhaustible storehouse of knowledge. This Purana gives all kinds of welfare and calms the mind. The Bhagavata Purana is a great book of knowledge, devotion and dispassion. There are twelve skandhas in this Purana, in which only the incarnations of Vishnu are described. Sut ji has told the story of twenty-four incarnations of Shri Krishna through this Purana on the prayers of Shaunkadi sages in Naimisharanya. The divine and supernatural form of Shri Krishna has been described time and again in the Shrimad Bhagwat Purana.
The Importance Of Bhagwat Purana
Only by listening to Shrimad Bhagwat Katha, the vices of human birth are destroyed. By following it, the cosmic and spiritual development of the creatures takes place. It is believed that Bhagavata Purana has a special significance in Kaliyuga. Through its study, a human crosses the ocean of worldly sufferings. The sleeping human knowledge is awakened by the mere hearing of the Bhagwat Katha. It is said Bhagwat Katha is like a kalpa tree for the salvation of human beings, by which all human desires can be fulfilled. The essence of the Bhagwat Katha is considered to be the source of salvation.
First of all, Maharaj Parikshit attained salvation by listening to the nectar words of Bhagwat. Even today, direct evidence of this can be seen in mythological texts and Puranas. By listening to the story of Shrimad Bhagwat, one attains liberation. According to the beliefs, Bhagwat is the form of Lord Vishnu in Kaliyuga. If one remembers it with a sincere heart, it becomes like the fruit of crores of virtues. It is said that even gods and goddesses yearn to listen to the Bhagwat Katha. The welfare of the creature is possible only by listening to Shrimad Bhagwat Katha. Let us have a closer look at the sections of the Bhagavata Purana.
The Skandhas Of Bhagwat Puran
The Bhagavata Purana containing the secret Brahma element is a virtuous Purana in various ways. Just like Ganga is for rivers, Kashi is for pilgrimages, in the same way Bhagwat Puran is for the scriptures. This is the most respected and revered book of Hindu society. There are 12 Skandas (parts) in this Purana in which the story of 24 incarnations of Vishnu is described. In the first skandha, Bhakti yoga and dispassion are discussed. Also, there is information about the 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu. In the 2nd section, there is about the renunciation of the body through yoga and the origin of the natural creation. Shrimad Bhagwat is centred across 10 subjects.
The Benefits Of Listening To Bhagwat Katha
In Kaliyuga, the importance of listening to Bhagwat Katha has been much emphasized. Using it, we can get rid of all sorrows, pains and problems. The benefits of listening to the Bhagwat Katha are as follows.
- By listening to the story of Shrimad Bhagwat, one attains self-knowledge. Hearing the divine stories of the Lord, a person experiences intense compassion or love for the Supreme Lord.
- By reciting the story of Shrimad Bhagwat, one’s fortune increases. By listening to the Bhagwat, a person attains superiority in the afterlife after enjoying all kinds of pleasures on earth.
- Shrimad Bhagwat Katha teaches humans to live and remove the fear of death as well as liberates from Pitra Doshas.
- A person who has not done any good deed in their life, has always indulged in misconduct, who has always burnt in the fire of anger, who has become adulterous, if that person also gets to hear the story of Bhagwat, he/she too becomes free from sins.
- Those who deviate from the true path, have started hating even their parents, do not follow their religion, they too become pure if they listen to the Bhagwat Katha.
- Any sinful act done with the mind, speech, intellect like stealing, conspiring, making a living with the money of others, even one who kills a Brahmin, if he/she listens or recites the Bhagwat Katha with true heart, then his/her life also becomes holy.
- If the story of Bhagwat is done in the name of a person who has entered the ghost-yoni after death (because of the wrong acts that he/she has committed), then he/she too attains salvation by being freed from the ghostly existence.
Muhurat To Get Done Shrimad Bhagwat Katha
To get the Bhagwat Katha done, you should first get an auspicious muhurat/time from the learned Brahmins or from the Panchang. By the way, Shravan, Bhadrapada, Ashwin, Aghan, Magha, Phalgun, Baisakh and Jyeshtha months are considered especially auspicious for organising the Bhagavata Purana katha. But according to scholars, any day when you start Bhagwat Katha is the most auspicious day.
Where To Organize Bhagwat Katha?
Shrimad Bhagwat Katha should be organized at a holy place only. By the way, the special importance of getting the Bhagwat Katha done in one’s own birth land has been recommended. Besides, organizing Shrimad Bhagwat Katha at places of pilgrimage is also considered particularly fruitful. Although there is no special rule regarding the place of the Bhagwat Katha, still if you want to earn more virtue, then you should organize it at a pilgrimage place. So that more and more religious followers can get the benefit of the story. At the same time, according to Sanatan Dharma, you should recite the Puranas at a place where your mind gets peace. Once you have chosen the place for holding the Bhagwat story, then first of all, coat the ground with cow dung. Put a mandapa and a dome-shaped canopy over it and put a flag of Hanuman ji and a seven knotted bamboo for the Pitras to sit on.
The Rules Of Bhagwat Katha
The speaker of the Bhagwat Katha should be a scholar, a scholar of the scriptures, a devotee of the gods, good natured and sweet-spoken. The speaker who narrates the Bhagwat should have complete knowledge of the scriptures and the Vedas. Once the Bhagwat Katha begins, both the Brahmin and the hosts must observe a fast for seven days. If there is no other problem, then eat only one meal at a time.
Lord Narayan should be worshiped by worshiping Ganesh, Navagraha, Yogini, Kshetrapal, Batuk, Tulsi, Vishnu, Shankar, etc. On the days of Katha, the listener and the speaker should not shave, eat junk food, etc. They should observe celibacy during the period of Bhagwat Katha, adopting sattvik food, should show pure and non-violent conduct. If possible, onion, garlic, meat-alcohol and smoking should be avoided during the Katha phase.
Bhagavata Purana lies at the base of Vaishnav Hindu devotional system. It’s about Krishna and other incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It is considered one of the best and most popular devotional scripture.