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By Swami Harshananda

Origin of Vismidharmottarapurāṇa[edit]

Vismidharmottarapurāṇa, though classed among the Upapurāṇas, is an important work quite extensive and encyclopedic in nature. It might have been compiled around A. D. 400 to 500. Its contents have been widely used by the writers of dharmaśāstras.

Contents of Vismidharmottarapurāṇa[edit]

Vismidharmottarapurāṇa is in three sections. The topics covered in this purāṇa are as following:

  • Geography
  • Astronomy
  • Astrology
  • Pacification of unfavorable stars and plants
  • Omens and portents
  • Marriage
  • Duties of women
  • Penances
  • Vratas or religious vows and observances
  • Śrāddhas[1]
  • Duties of Vaiṣṇavas
  • Science of war and allied topics
  • Medical sciences
  • Music and dancing
  • Sculpture theology
  • Vaiṣṇava theology


  1. Śrāddhas means funeral rites.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore