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The Srimad Devi Bhagavatam, also known as Devi Purana, was composed into 12 chapters, containing 18000 verses by the great Veda Vyasa. Though classified as an upa-purana it is the only purana Vedavyasa called  Maha Purana meaning the great purana. At the end of each chapter of the 18 main puranas or the upa puranas is the verse  This is the end of the fifth section of the Vishnu Purana , or  Thus ends the first chapter of Ganesha Purana Upasanakhanda called  The Description of Somakanta . Where as in the Devi Bhagavatam it is clearly –  Thus ends the eighth chapter of the first Skandha in the Mahapurana Srimad Devi Bhagavatam of 18,000 verses by Maharsi Vedavyasa . The choice of words by the great rishis is obvious as Divine Mother is described in all major sastras as the one beyond and above the trinities and all Gods.

The S’rimad Dev Bhagawatam (Devi Purana)
Translated by Swami Vijnanananda [1921-22]


Scanned, and proofed by Sahaji, 2004-5. Additional formatting at This text is in the public domain. These files may be used for any non-commercial purpose, provided this notice of attribution is left intact.


What is S’rimad Bhagavat is to the Vaisnavas, the Devi Bhagavatam is to the S’aktas. The question of the priority of the two Bhagavatas 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 Rai Bahadur S’ris’ Chandra Vidyarnava who induced me to undertake the translation of this work. He had thoroughly read the two Bhagavatas and it was his opinion that the priority of composition belonged to the Devi Bhagavatam. The other Bhagavat, according to him, is a modern compilation attributed to Bopadeva – the author of Mugdhabodha Vyakaranam.



Chapter I – On the questions by S’aunaka and other Risis.

II – On the question by S’aunaka and other Risis.

III – On praising the Puranas and on each Vyasa of every Dvapara Yuga

IV – On the excellency of the Devi

V – On the narrative of Hayagriva

Chapter VI – On the preparation for war by Madhu Kaitabha

VII – On the praise of the Devi

VIII – On deciding who is to be worshipped

IX – On the killing of Madhu Kaitabha

X – On S’iva’s granting boons

Chapter XI – On the birth of Budha

XII – On the birth of Pururava

XIII – On Urvas’i and Pururava

XIV – On the birth of S’uka Deva and on the duties of householders

XV – On the dispassion of S’uka and the instructions of Bhagavati to Hari

Chapter XVI – On S’uka’s desiring to go to Mithila to see Janaka

XVII – On S’uka’s self-control

XVIII – On Janaka’s instructions to S’uka Deva

XIX – On S’uka’s marriage

XX – On Vyasa doing his duties


Chapter I – On the birth of Matsyagandha

II – On the birth of Vyasa Deva

III – On the curse on the river Ganga

IV – On the birth of the Vasus

V – On the marriage of Satyavati

Chapter VI – On the birth of the Pandavas

VII – On shewing the departed ones

VIII – On the extinction of the family of Yadu and on the anecdote of Pariksit

IX – On the account of Kuru

X – On the death of Pariksit

Chapter XI – On the Sarpa Yajna

XII – On the birth of Astika


Chapter I – On the questions put by Janamejaya

II – On Rudras going towards the heavens on the celestial car

III – On seeing the Devi

IV – On the hymns to the Devi

V – On chanting hymns by Hara and Brahma

Chapter VI – On the powers of the Devi

VII – On creation

VIII – On Gunas

IX – On the characteristics of the Gunas

X – On the anecdote of S’atyavrata

Chapter XI – On the Devi in the anecdote of S’atyavrata

XII – On the Amba Yajna

XIII – On the Devi Yajna

XIV – On the glories of the Devi

XV – On the fight between Yudhajit and Virasena

Chapter XVI – On Yudhajit’s going to the hermitage of Bharadvaja

XVII – On the story of Visvamitra

XVIII – On Svayambara of the daughter of the king of Benares

XIX – On the marriage

XX – On the Svayambara Hall

Chapter XXI – On the king of Benares fulfilling the advice of his daughter

XXII – On S’udarsana’s marriage

XXIII – On killing the enemy of S’udars’an

XXIV — On the installation of Durga Devi in Benares

XXV – On the installation of the Devi in Ayodha and Benares

Chapter XXVI – On the Navaratri

XXVII – On worshipping the virgins

XXVIII – On incidents connected with Navaratri

XXIX – On the stealing of Sita

XXX – On Rama’s performing the Navaratra ceremony


Chapter I – On the questions put by Janamejaya regarding Krisna’s incarnation

II – On the supremacy of the effects of Karma

III – On the previous curse of Vasudeva

IV – On Adharma

V – On the dialogues of Nara Narayana

Chapter VI – On the origin of Urvas’i

VII – On Ahamkara

VIII – On going to the Tirthas

IX – On the fight between the Risis and Prahlada

X – On the curse on Visnu by Bhrigu

Chapter XI – On S’ukra’s going to Mahadeva to get the Mantra

XII – On Bhrigu’s curse and the dialogue between S’ukracharya and the Daityas

XIII – On cheating the Daityas

XIV – On the Daitya’s getting back their Sukracharya

XV – On the truce between the Daityas and the Devas

Chapter XVI – On the birth of the several Avataras of Visnu

XVII – On the the questions asked by Janamejaya

XVIII – On the Devi Earth’s going to the Heavens

XIX – On chanting the hymns to the Devi

XX – On Devaki’s marriage

Chapter XXI – On the killing of the sons of Devaki

XXII – On the part incarnations of the several Devas

XXIII – On the birth of S’ri Krisna

XXIV — On the stealing away of Pradyumna

XXV – On the Devi’s Highest Supremacy


Chapter I – On the superiority of Rudra over Visnu

II – On the birth of the Danava Mahisa

III – On the Daitya armies getting ready

IV – On the war counsels given by Indra

V – On the defeat of the Danava forces of Mahisa

Chapter VI – On the Deva Danava fight

VII – On the going of the Devas to Kailasa

VIII – On the description of the origin and the Form of the Devi

IX – On the worship by the gods to the Devi

X – On the messenger’s news to Mahisa

Chapter XI – On Tamra’s fighting with the Devi

XII – On the cabinet held by Mahisa

XIII – On the killing of Vaskala and Durmukha

XIV – On the killing of Tamra and Chiksura

XV – On the slaying of Vidalaksa and Asiloma

Chapter XVI – On the conversation between the Devi and Mahisa

XVII – On Mandodari’s accounts

XVIII – On the killing of Mahisa

XIX – On the hymns to the Devi

XX – On the peace of the world

Chapter XXI – On the conquest of the Heavens by S’umba and Nis’umbha

XXII – On praising the Devi

XXIII – On the prowess of Kaus’iki

XXIV — On Dhûmralochana

XXV – On Dhûmralochana killed

Chapter XXVI – On Chanda Munda killed

XXVII – On the fight of Raktabija

XXVIII – On the Devi’s fighting

XXIX – On the killing of Raktabija

XXX – On the killing of Nis’umbha

Chapter XXXI – On the death of S’umbha

XXXII – On the king Suratha’s going to the forest

XXXIII – On the greatness of the Devi

XXXIV – On the worship of the Devi

XXXV – On the King Suratha’s getting the boons and on the Vais’ya’s Samadhi


Chapter I – On Tris’ira’s austerities

II – On the birth Vritrasura

III – On the Deva defeat and on Vritra’s tapasya

IV – On the defeat of the Devas by Vritra

V – On praising the Devi

Chapter VI – On Vritrasura slain

VII – On Indra’s disguise in the Manas Lake

VIII – On S’achi’s praising the Devi

IX – On Indra’s getting the fruits of Brahmahatya and on the downfall of king Nahusa

X – On the phase of Karma

Chapter XI – On the Dharma

XII – On the war between Adi and Baka

XIII – On the above fight

XIV – On the birth of Vas’istha from Mitra Varuna

XV – On Nimi’s getting another body and on the Haihayas

Chapter XVI – On the Haihaya and the Bhargavas

XVII – On the continuance of Bhrigu’s family

XVIII – On the origin of the Haihayas

XIX – On the Haihayas born of a mare

XX – On the son born of a mare by Hari

Chapter XXI – On the installation of Ekavira

XXII – On stealing away Ekavali

XXIII – On the war between Haihaya and Kalaketu

XXIV — On Viksepa S’akti

XXV – On the cause of Moha of Vyasa

Chapter XXVI – On Narada’s Moha

XXVII – On Narada’s marriage

XXVIII – On Narada, a woman

XXIX – On Narada again a man

XXX – On the glory of Maha Maya

XXXI – On Maha Maya


Chapter I – On the Solar and Lunar Kings

II – On the piercing of the eyes of Chyavana Muni

III – The King S’aryavati’s giving his daughter in marriage to Chyavana Muni

IV – On Sukanya and the As’vins

V – On Chyavana’s getting his youth

Chapter VI – On the As’vins getting the right to drink Soma

VII – On the As’vins drinking the Soma cup

VIII – On the King Revata and the Solar Dynasty

IX – On the story of Kakutstha and on Mandhata

X – On Satyavrata

Chapter XI – On Tris’anku

XII – On Vas’istha’s curse on Tris’anku

XIII – Vis’vamitra helping Tris’anku

XIV – On Tris’anku going to the Heavens

XV – On the King Haris’chandra

Chapter XVI – On S’unahs’epha

XVII – On S’unahs’epha freed and Haris’chandra cured

XVIII – On the quarrel between Haris’chandra and Vis’vamitra

XIX – On Haris’chandra’s kingdom taken

XX – On Haris’chandra paying his Daksina

Chapter XXI – On the sorrows of Haris’chandra

XXII – On selling Haris’chandra’s wife

XXIII – On Haris’chandra as a slave of theChandala

XXIV — On Haris’chandra in the burning Ghat of Kas’i

XXV – On the quarrels between Haris’chandra and Vis’vamitra

Chapter XXVI – On the sorrows of Haris’chandra

XXVII – On Haris’chandra’s going to the Heavens

XXVIII – On the glory of S’ataksi Devi

XXIX – On the Devi’s birth in the Daksa’s house

XXX – On the birth of Gauri and S’iva’s distraction

Chapter XXXI – On the birth of Parvati

XXXII – On Self Realisation spoken by the Devi

XXXIII – On the Devi’s Virat Rûpa

XXXIV – On the Final Emancipation

XXXV – On the Yoga and Mantra Siddhi

Chapter XXXVI – On the knowledge of Brahman

XXXVII – On Bhakti

XXXVIII – On the vows and the sacred places of the Devi

XXXIX – On the worship of the Devi

XL – On the outer worship of the Devi


Chapter I – On the description of the worlds

II – On the Earth raised by the Boar

III – On Manu’s family

IV – On the family of Priyavrata

V – On the mountains and on the origin of rivers

Chapter VI – On the rivers and the mountains Sumeru and others

VII – On the Ganges and the Varsas

VIII – On Ilavrita

IX – On the divisions of the continent

X – On Bhuvanakosa

Chapter XI – On the continents and Bharatavarsa

XII – On the narration of Plaksa, S’almala, and Kus’a Dvipas

XIII – On the description of the remaining Dvipas

XIV – On the Lokaloka

XV – On the motion of the Sun

Chapter XVI – On the motion of the Planets

XVII – On the Dhruvva Mandalam

XVIII – On the Rahu

XIX – On the nether regions

XX – On the narrative of Talatala

Chapter XXI – On the narrative of hells

XXII – On the sins

XXIII – On the remaining hells

XXIV — On the Devi Pûja


Chapter I – On the description of Prakriti

II – On the origin of Prakriti and Purusa

III – On the origin of Brahma, Visnu, Mahes’a and others

IV – On the hymn, worship and Kavacha of Sarasvati

V – On Sarasvati Stotra

Chapter VI – On the coming in this world of Laksmi, Ganga and Sarasvati

VII – On the curses on Ganga, Sarasvati and Laksmi

VIII – On the greatness of Kali

IX – On the origin of the S’akti of the Earth

X – On the offences caused to the Earth and punishments thereof

Chapter XI – On the origin of the Ganges

XII – On the origin of Ganga

XIII – On the anecdote of Ganga

XIV – On Ganga, as the wife of Narayana

XV – On the question of the anecdote of Tulasi

Chapter XVI – On the incarnation of Maha Laksmi in the house of Kus’adhvaja

XVII – On the anecdote of Tulasi

XVIII – On the union of S’ankhachûda with Tulasi

XIX – On the going of the Devas to Vaikuntha after Tulasi’s marriage

XX – On the war preparations of S’ankhachûda

Chapter XXI – On the war between the Maha Deva and S’ankhachûda

XXII – On the fight between the Devas and S’ankhachûda

XXIII – On the killing of S’ankhachûda

XXIV — On the glory of Tulasi

XXV – On the worship of Tulasi

Chapter XXVI – On Savitri

XXVII – On the birth, etc., of Savitri

XXVIII – On Savitri

XXIX – On Savitri, on gifts, and on Karmas

XXX – On the conversation between Savitri and Yama

Chapter XXXI – On Yama’s giving the Sakti Mantra to Savitri

XXXII – On the enumeration of various hells for sinners

XXXIII – On the destinies of the sinners

XXXIV – On the description of the various hells

XXXV – On the description of the various hells for the various sinners

Chapter XXXVI – On having no fear of Yama of those who are the Panchopasakas

XXXVII – On the eighty-six Kundas

XXXVIII – On the glories of the Devi

XXXIX – On Maha Laksmi

XL – On the birth of Laksmi

Chapter XLI – On the churning of the ocean

XLII – On the stotram of Maha Laksmi

XLIII – On Svaha

XLIV – On Svadha

XLV – On Daksina

Chapter XLVI – On Sasthi Devi

XLVII – On Manasa’s story

XLVIII – On the anecdote of Manasa

XLIX – On Surabhi

L – On the glory of S’akti

Notes on S’akti and the S’aktas


Chapter I – On Svayambhuva Manu

II – On the conversation between Narada and the Bindhya Mountain

III – On Bindhya’s obstructing the Sun’s course in the Heavens

IV – On the Devas’ going to Maha Deva

V – On the Devas’ going to Visnu

Chapter VI – On the Devas’ praying to the Muni Agastya

VII – On the checking of the rise of Bindhya

VIII – On the origin of Manu

IX – On the anecdote of Chaksusa Manu

X – On the history of the king Suratha

Chapter XI – On Madhu Kaitabha killed

XII – On Savarni Manu

XIII – On Bhramari Devi


Chapter I – On the Morning Duties

II – On cleaning the body

III – On the glories of the Rudraksa beads

IV – On the greatness of the Rudraksam

V – On the Rudrasam rosaries

Chapter VI – On the greatness of Rudraksam

VII – On the different numbers of facets of Rudraksam

VIII – On Bhuta Suddhi

IX – On the rules of Sirovrata

X – On Gauna Bhasma

Chapter XI – On the three kinds of Bhasmas

XII – On holding the Tripundrams

XIII – On the greatness of Bhasma

XIV – On holding the Bibhuti

XV – On using the Tripundra and Urdhapundra

Chapter XVI – On the Sandhya Upasana

XVII – On the Sandhya and other daily practices

XVIII – On the greatness of the Devi Pûja

XIX – On the mid-day Sandhya

XX – On the Brahma Yajna, Sandhyas, etc.

Chapter XXI – On the Gayatri Puras’charnam

XXII – On the Vais’adeva

XXIII – On the Tapta Krichchhra Vrata

XXIV — On Sadachara


Chapter I – On the description of the Gayatri

II – On the description of the S’aktis of the Gayatri

III – On the Gayatri Kavacham

IV – On the Gayatri Hridayam

V – On the Gayatri Stotram

VI – On the one thousand and eight names of Gayatri

VII – On the Diksa vidhi (initiation)

Chapter VIII – On the appearance of the Highest S’akti

IX – On the cause of faith in the other Devas than the Devi Gayatri

X – On the description of the Mani Dvipa

XI – On the enclosure walls of the Mani Dvipa

XII – On the description of the Mani Dvipa

XIII – On Janamejaya’s Devi Yajna

XIV – On the fruits of hearing, etc., this Puranam