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The S'rimad Devī Bhāgavatam is the Most Holy and Sacred Book to the S’āktas (Shaktas, zaktas) means all Kundalini, Yoga and Tantra practicers and followers. Goddess has many sacred names like Devi, Kundalini, Gayatri, Shakti, Kali, Durga, Parvati, Uma and other. And probably to the all humanity this twelve parts Great Purana is the essence of all the Holy Scripture. Do you practice with Kundalini, Shakti, cakras, energies, auras or even Hatha Yoga? This is for You!

The S'rīmad Devī Bhāgawatam
Translated by Swami Vijñanananda


Inscribed To The sacred memory of
Rai Bahadur Srisa Chandra Vidayarnava  by the translato
- Swami Vijñanananda


What is S’rīmad Bhāgavat is to the Vaisnavas, the Devī Bhāgavatam is to the S’āktas. The question of the priority of the two Bhāgavatas has been often discussed more in the spirit of partisans rather than that of sober scholars. We reserve our opinion on the subject till the publication of the complete translation of this work. This translation has been inscribed to the sacred memory of my friend the late Rāi Bāhādur S’rīs’ Chandra Vidyārnava who induced me to undertake the translation of this work. He had thoroughly read the two Bhāgavatas and it was his opinion that the priority of composition belonged to the Devī Bhāgavatam. The other Bhāgavat, according to him, is a modern compilation attributed to Bopadeva – the author of Mugdhabodha Vyākaranam.

1. The First Book (Skandha)

Chapter I. On the questions by S’aunaka and others
Chapter II. On questions put by S’aunaka and other Rsis
Chapter III. On praising the Purānas and on each Vyāsa of every Dvāpara Yuga
Chapter IV. On the excellency of the Devī
Chapter V. On the narrative of Hayagrīva
Chapter VI. On the preparation for war by Madhu Kaitabha
Chapter VII. On the praise of the Devī
Chapter VIII. On deciding who is to be worshipped
Chapter IX. On the killing of Madhu Kaitabha
Chapter X. On S’iva’s granting boons
Chapter XI. On the birth of Budha
Chapter XII. On the birth of Pururavā
Chapter XIII. On Urvas’ī and Pururavā
Chapter XIV. On the birth of S’ûka Deva and on the duties of householders
Chapter XV. On the dispassion of S’ûka and the instructions of Bhagavatī to Hari
Chapter XVI. On S’ûka’s desiring to go to Mithilā to see Janaka
Chapter XVII. On S’ûka’s displaying his self-control amidst the women of the palace of Mithilā
Chapter XVIII. On Janaka’s giving instructions on truth to S’ûka Deva
Chapter XIX. On the description of the marriage of S’ûka
Chapter XX. On Vyāsa doing his duties

2. The Second Book (Skandha)

Chapter I. On the birth of Matsyagandhā
Chapter II. On the birth of Vyāsa Deva
Chapter III. On the description of the curse on Gangā, Mahābhisa and Vasus
Chapter IV. On the birth of the Vasus
Chapter V. On the marriage of Satyavatī
Chapter VI. On the birth of the Pāndavas
Chapter VII. On shewing the departed ones
Chapter VIII. On the extinction of the family of Yadu and on the anecdote of Parīksit
Chapter IX. On the account of Ruru
Chapter X. On the death of king Parīksit
Chapter XI. On the Sarpa Yajña
Chapter XII. On the birth of Āstika

3. The Third Book (Skandha)

Chapter I. On the questions put by Janamejaya
Chapter II. On Rudras going towards the heavens on the celestial car
Chapter III. On seeing the Devī
Chapter IV. On the hymns to the Great Devī by Visnu
Chapter V. On the chanting of hymns by Hara and Brahmā
Chapter VI. On the description of the Devī’s Vibhutis (powers)
Chapter VII. On the creation and the Tattvas and their presiding deities
Chapter VIII. On the Gunas and their forms
Chapter IX. On the characteristics of the Gunas
Chapter X. On the story of Satyavrata
Chapter XI. On the merits of the Devī in the story of Satyavrata
Chapter XII. On the Ambā Yajña rules
Chapter XIII. On the Devī Yajña by S’rī Visnu
Chapter XIV. On the narration of the glories of the Devī
Chapter XV. On the battle between Yudhājit and Vīrasena
Chapter XVI. On the glory of the Devī
Chapter XVII. On the story of Vis’vāmitra
Chapter XVIII. The Svayambara of S’as’ikalā
Chapter XIX. On the going to the Svayamvara assembly of Sudars’ana
Chapter XX. On the Svayamvara hall and the kings’ conversation there
Chapter XXI. On the king of Benares fulfilling the advice of his daughter
Chapter XXII. On Sudars’ana’s marriage
Chapter XXIII. On the killing of the enemy of Sudars’ana in the great war
Chapter XXIV. On the installation of Durgā Devī in the city of Benares
Chapter XXV. On the installation of the Devī in Ayodhyā and Benares
Chapter XXVI. On the narration of what are to be done in the Navarātri
Chapter XXVII. On the virgins fit to be worshipped and the Glory of the Devī
Chapter XXVIII. On the incidents connected with Navarātri
Chapter XXIX. On the stealing of Sītā and the sorrows of Rāma
Chapter XXX. On the narration of the Navarātra ceremony by Nārada and the performance of that by Rāma Chandra

4. The Fourth Book (Skandha)

Chapter I. On the questions put by Janamejaya regarding Krisna’s incarnation
Chapter II. On the supremacy of the effects of Karma
Chapter III. On the former curse of Vasudeva and Devakī
Chapter IV. On Adharma
Chapter V. On the dialogues of Nara Nārāyana
Chapter VI. On the origin of Urvas’ī
Chapter VII. On Ahamkāra
Chapter VIII. On going to the Tīrthas
Chapter IX. On the fight between the Risis and Prahlāda
Chapter X. On the curse on Visnu by Bhrigu
Chapter XI. On S’ukrā’s going to Mahādeva to get the Mantra
Chapter XII. On Bhrigu’s curse and the dialogue between S’ukrāchārya and the Daityas
Chapter XIII. On cheating the Daityas
Chapter XIV. On the Daityas getting back their S’ukrāchārya
Chapter XV. On the truce between the Daityas and the Devas
Chapter XVI. On the Birth of the several Avatāras of Visnu and their deeds
Chapter XVII. On the questions asked by Janamejaya
Chapter XVIII. On the Devī Earth’s going to the Heavens
Chapter XIX. On chanting the hymns to the Devī
Chapter XX. On Devakī’s marriage
Chapter XXI. On the killing of the sons of Devakī
Chapter XXII. On the part incarnations of the several Devas
Chapter XXIII. On the birth of S’rī Krisna
Chapter XXIV. On the stealing away of Pradyûmna
Chapter XXV. On the Devī’s Highest Supremacy

5. The Fifth Book (Skandha)

Chapter I. On the superiority of Rudra over Visnu
Chapter II. On the birth of Dānava Mahisa
Chapter III. On the Daitya armies getting ready
Chapter IV. On the war counsels given by Indra
Chapter V. On the defeat of the Dānava forces of Mahisa
Chapter VI. On the Deva Dānava fight
Chapter VII. On the going of the Devas to Kailāsa
Chapter VIII. On the description of the origin and the form of the Devī
Chapter IX. On the worship by the gods to the Devī
Chapter X. On the messenger’s news to Mahisa
Chapter XI. On the appearing of the Dānava Tāmra before the Devī
Chapter XII. On the holding of counsel by Mahisāsura
Chapter XIII. On the killing of Vāskala and Durmukha
Chapter XIV. On the killing of Tāmra and Chiksura
Chapter XV. On the slaying of Vidālāksa and Asilomā
Chapter XVI. On the conversation between the Devī and Mahisāsura
Chapter XVII. On Mandodarī’s accounts
Chapter XVIII. On the killing of the Dānava Mahisāsura
Chapter XIX. On the prayer and hymns to the Devī
Chapter XX. On the peace of the world
Chapter XXI. On the conquest of the Heavens by S’umbha and Nis’umbha
Chapter XXII. On the eulogising of the Devī by the Devas
Chapter XXIII. On the prowess of Kaus’ikī
Chapter XXIV. On the description and Dhûmralochana giving the news
Chapter XXV. On the killing of Dhûmralochana
Chapter XXVI. On the killing of Chanda and Munda
Chapter XXVII. On the description of the war of Raktabīja
Chapter XXVIII. On the description of the fighting of the Goddesses
Chapter XXIX. On the killing of Raktabīja
Chapter XXX. On the killing of Nis’umbha
Chapter XXXI. On the death of S’umbha
Chapter XXXII. On the King Suratha’s going to the forest
Chapter XXXIII. On the description of the greatness of the Devī
Chapter XXXIV. On the methods of the worship of the Devī
Chapter XXXV. On the receiving of the boons by the King Suratha and the Vais’ya Samādhi

6. The Sixth Book (Skandha)

Chapter I. On Tris’irā’s austerities
Chapter II. On the birth of Vritrāsura
Chapter III. On the Deva defeat and on Vritra’s tapasyā
Chapter IV. On the defeat of the Devas by Vritra
Chapter V. On praising the Devī
Chapter VI. On the slaying of Vritrāsura
Chapter VII. On Indra’s living under disguise in the Mānas Lake
Chapter VIII. On S’achī’s praising the Devī
Chapter IX. On Indra’s getting the fruits of Brahmahattyā and on the downfall of king Nahusa
Chapter X. On the phase of Karma
Chapter XI. On the ascertainment of Dharma
Chapter XII. On the cause of the war between Ādi and Baka
Chapter XIII. On the description of the battle between Ādi and Baka after the discourse on S’unahs’epha
Chapter XIV. On the birth of Vas’istha from Mitrā Varuna
Chapter XV. On the Nimi’s getting of another body and the beginning of the story of Haihayas
Chapter XVI. On the incidents preliminary to the Haihaya and Bhārgava affairs
Chapter XVII. On the continuance of the family of Bhrigu
Chapter XVIII. On the origin of the Haihaya Dynasty
Chapter XIX. On the origin of Haihayas from a mare
Chapter XX. On the son born of mare by Hari
Chapter XXI. On the installation of Ekavīra and the birth of Ekāvalī
Chapter XXII. On the narration to Haihaya the stealing away of Ekāvalī
Chapter XXIII. On the battle of Haihaya and Kālaketu
Chapter XXIV. On the description of Viksepa S’akti
Chapter XXV. On the cause of Moha of Vyāsa Deva asked before Nārada
Chapter XXVI. On the description by Nārada of his own Moha
Chapter XXVII. On the marriage of Nārada and his face getting transformed into that of a monkey
Chapter XXVIII. On Nārada’s getting the feminine form
Chapter XXIX. On the Nārada’s getting again his male form
Chapter XXX. On the glory of Mahā Māyā
Chapter XXXI. On the glory of Māyā Devi

7. The Seventh Book (Skandha)

Chapter I. On the Solar and Lunar Kings
Chapter II. On the piercing of the eyes of Chyavana Muni
Chapter III. On the bestowing of the daughter of the King S’aryāti to Chyavana Muni
Chapter IV. On the conversation between the two As’vins and the Princess Sukanyā
Chapter V. On the getting of youth by Chyavana Muni
Chapter VI. On granting the As’vins the right to drink the Soma juice
Chapter VII. On the twin As’vins drinking the Soma Cup
Chapter VIII. On the King Revata and the Solar Dynasty
Chapter IX. On the story of Kākutstha and the origin of Māndhātā
Chapter X. On the story of Satyavrata
Chapter XI. On the story of Tris’anku
Chapter XII. On the description of Vas’istha’s curse on Tris’anku
Chapter XIII. On the coming of Vis’vāmitra to Tris’anku
Chapter XIV. On the going to Heavens of Tris’anku and the commencement of Haris’chandra’s narrative
Chapter XV. On the story of the King Haris’chandra
Chapter XVI. On the story of S’unahs’epha
Chapter XVII. On the freeing of S’unahs’epha and the curing of Haris’chandra
Chapter XVIII. On the origin of the quarrel between Haris’chandra and Vis’vāmitra
Chapter XIX. On the taking away of Haris’chandra’s Kingdom
Chapter XX. On the earnestness of Haris’chandra to pay off the Daksinā
Chapter XXI. On the description of the sorrows of Haris’chandra
Chapter XXII. On the selling of Haris’chandra’s wife
Chapter XXIII. On the King Haris’chandra’s acknowledging of the slavery of the Chāndāla
Chapter XXIV. On the stay of Haris’chandra in the burning ground
Chapter XXV. On the quarrels between Haris’chandra and Vis’vāmitra
Chapter XXVI. On the narration of the sorrows of Haris’chandra
Chapter XXVII. On the going of Haris’chandra to the Heavens
Chapter XXVIII. On the glory of the S'ataksi Devī
Chapter XXIX. On the birth of the Bhagavatī in the house of Daksa
Chapter XXX. On the birth of Gaurī, the seats of the Deity, and the distraction of S’iva
Chapter XXXI. On the Birth of Pārvatī in the House of Himālayās
Chapter XXXII. On Self-realization, Spoken by the World Mother
Chapter XXXIII. On the Devī’s Virat Rûpa
Chapter XXXIV. On the Knowledge and Final Emancipation
Chapter XXXV. On the Yoga and Mantra Siddhi
Chapter XXXVI. On the Highest Knowledge of Brahma
Chapter XXXVII. On Bhakti Yoga
Chapter XXXVIII. The Vows and the Sacred Places of the Devi
Chapter XXXIX. The Worship of the World Mother
Chapter XL. The External Worship of the Devī

8. The Eighth Book (Skandha)

Chapter I. On the description of the worlds
Chapter II. On the uplifting of the Earth by the Sacrificial Boar
Chapter III. On the description of the family of Manu
Chapter IV. On the narration of the family of Priyavrata
Chapter V. On the description of the receptacle of beings and on the mountains and on the origin of rivers
Chapter VI. On the rivers and the mountains Sumeru and others
Chapter VII. On the Ganges and the Varsas
Chapter VIII. On the description of Ilāvrita
Chapter IX. On the narration of the division of the continents
Chapter X. On the description of Bhuvanakosa
Chapter XI. On the description of the continents and of Bhāratavarsa
Chapter XII. On the narration of Plaksa, S’ālmala and Kus’a Dvīpas
Chapter XIII. On the description of the remaining Dvīpas
Chapter XIV. On the description of the Lokāloka space
Chapter XV. On the motion of the Sun
Chapter XVI. On the motion of the planets
Chapter XVII. On the Dhruva Mandalam
Chapter XVIII. On the narrative of Rāhu Mandalam
Chapter XIX. On the narrative of the Atala, etc.
Chapter XX. On the narrative of the Talātala
Chapter XXI. On the narrative of hells
Chapter XXII. On the narrative of the sins leading to hells
Chapter XXIII. On the description of the remaining hells
Chapter XXIV. On the worship of the Devī

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