Devipurāṇa

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Devipurana, DevipurANa, Devipuraana


Devīpurāna Origin

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

Content of Devīpurāna

Devīpurāna deals with the topics mentioned below:

  • 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 etc.

References

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