Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God: (Srimad Bhagavata Purana Book X)

Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God: (Srimad Bhagavata Purana Book X)


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The Beautiful Legend of God contains the tenth and most significant book in the popular Indian epic Srimad Bhagavata Purana, which is the principal source for the story of Krishna, worshipped by many Hindus as the Supreme Being. Devoted to Krishna’s miraculous incarnation, this collection of sacred tales recounts his childhood and adolescence in the forests of Vrindavan: playing with his friends, dallying amorously with cowherd maidens, and stealing butter to feed the monkeys. Krishna emerges from these episodes as an immediately engaging figure, and the stories have inspired generations of artists, musicians, poets, sculptors, and dramatists. They also contain valuable insights into Hindu views on such matters as creation, cosmography, and the history of the subcontinent.

Making its first appearance as a Penguin Classic, this edition of The Beautiful Legend of God includes an introduction, glossary of Sanskrit terms, pronunciation guide and bibliography. 

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140447996
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/25/2004
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 867,919
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edwin F. Bryant is a professor in the Department of Religion at Rutgers University and a specialist in Indic civilizations, religions, and languages.

Table of Contents

Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of GodAcknowledgments
Note on Translation and Method

Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God

Srimad Bhagavata Purana Book X
Part One
Part Two
Book XI, Chapters 1, 6, and 29-31

Glossary of Sanskrit Terms and Names
Pronunciation Guide
List of Primary Sources Mentioned in the Text

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