Shri M.N. Dutt translated several Purana-s into English including the Garuda Purana. His translation of the Garuda Puran was first published in 1908. While originally it was much larger, today only 8,000 verses survive. There are several different approaches to organizing the text depending on the translator and recension. I.e.,
- "Purva Kandha" and "Uttara Kandha" ("Preta Kandha")
- "Acara Kandha", "Preta Kandha" and "Brahma Kandha"
The length of the sections will vary as well between recensions.
The Uttara Kandha is also known Preta Kandha and deals with death and the journey of the jiva as it departs the human body and the rituals that are recommended to ease the journey.