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Varaha

 

Essence Of
Varaha Purana

Kamakoti.org presents the Essence of Varaha Purana in English, condensed by Sri. V.D.N.Rao, devotee of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and retired official of the Government of India. Varaha Purana is one of the major eighteen Puranas.
This is part of the series of Puranas being featured on kamakoti.org after Matsya Purana, Bhagavata Purana, Skanda Purana, Narada Purana, Shiva Purana, Markandeya Purana, Devi Bhagavata Purana and Padma Purana. The author can be contacted at raovdn@gmail.com

Index

1
Introduction
2
The Origin of Creation
3
Exemplary Devotion of Priyavrata, Ashvasira, Vasu and Raibhya (Pundarikaksha and Gadadhara Mantras included)
4
Overview of Lord Vishnu’s Incarnations
5
Rituals of Shraddha (Amavasya Tarpana Mantra included)
6
Regular Annual Shraddha
7
Origin of some Deities, specific days for worship and fruitful results
8
Creation of Agni Deva, his several names and implication of worship
9
Origin of Aswini Kumars and their worship on ‘Dviteeya’ (Narayana Mantra included)
10
Significance of Triteeya as the day of worship to Devi Gauri /Devi Parvati (Rudra Stuti included)
11
Birth of Gajanana, Priority Invocation and adoration on Chaturthi (Ganesha Vrata Vidhana included)
12
Adulation of ‘Nag Devatas’ on every ‘Panchami’ day
13
Kartikeya’s worship on ‘Shasthi’ and its auspiciousness
14
Devotion to ‘Surya’ on ‘Saptamis’ (Text of Adithya Hridayam included)
15
Manifestations of ‘Ashta Matrikas’ and worship on ‘Ashtami’
16
Devi Durga’s carnage of Vetrasur and Her ‘puja’ on Navami (Durga Stuti included)
17
Reverence to ‘Dasa Dishas’ (Ten Directions) on ‘Dashami’
18
Kubera the Lord of Wealth worshipped on ‘Ekadasi’ Days
19
Adoration to Bhagavan Vishnu on Dwadasi Day destroys sins
20
Dharma (Virtue), its profile over Yugas and worship on Trayodasis
21
Manifestation of Rudra Deva and penance on Chaturdasis
22
Reverence to Pitras on ‘Amavasya’ day and benefits
23
Daksha’s curse to Moon, reappearance and worship on Pournamis
24
Concepts of ‘Bhakti’ (Devotion) and ‘Aradhana’ (Worship) Explained
25
Effectiveness of ‘Dwadasi’ Vrathas related to Vishnu’s ‘Dasavataras’ [‘Shodasopachara Vidhana’included]
26
Bhakti in seeking Lord Vishnu-relevance of ‘Pancha Ratra’ Gyan
27
Concept of Unity in Diversity-Maha Vishnu manifests in Triple Forms
28
Genesis of Gautami River and benevolence of Lord Rudra to Sage Gautam
29
Rudra Deva’s realisation of ‘Maha Purush’ (Adi Deva Stuti by Rudra Deva included)
30
Manifestation of ‘Tri Shaktis’-Brahmi, Vaishnavi and Rudrani
31
Significance of ‘Vaishno Devi’ (Devi ‘Stuti’ included)
32
Tri Shakti Devi Rudrani (Chamundi Stuti included)
33
‘Kapala Vimochan’ and Rudra Vratha
34
Procedure of Maha Vishnu Vratha
35
‘Go daan’ (Charity of Cows) in various forms
36
Varaha Deva rescues Bhu Devi, His description, Stuti and Worship
37
Bhagavan Varaha’s questionnaire to humanity about the roots of grief and Joy!
38
Varaha Deva describes ‘Aparadhas’ (Offences) to be avoided
39
‘Sa-mantrak Vishnu Puja’ (Worship to Vishnu by Mantras)
40
A few Illustrations of ‘Vishnu Maya’
41
Tirtha Yatras’ (Visits to Holy Rivers and Pilgrim Centers)
42
Sins and Remedies- Observance of Vamana Vratha as cures and preventives
43
Vishnu Puja-‘Aparadha Prayaschyas’ (Correctives for misdeeds)
44
Regulations concerning Last Rites-Pitru Yagna
45
Nachiketa’s visit to Hell and return
46
Lord Yama advises Narada as to how best to avoid Hell
47
Yama’s Prescription to achieve Salvation
48
Phala Shruti
49
Concluding Hymn