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The Markandeya Purana (Prose Translation)
Manmatha Nath Dutt
Elysium Press, 1896

F.E Pargiter
Asiatic Society of Bengal, 1904

Markandeya Purana
Gita Press

Markandeya Puran

Markandeya Purananamu (Vachana Kavyam)
Venkata Laxmi Narasimhasharma

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About the Markandeya Purana

A purana is a story about the deeds and life of a deity. They are part of the mythic literature of Hinduism, together with the epics like the Mahabharata and Ramayana. Traditionally, there are 18 Puranas, and a few lesser Puranas or Upapuranas. The 18 major Puranas include the Skanda Purana, Padma Purana, Naradiya Purana, Shiv Puran, Varaha Purana, Vishnu Purana, Garuda Purana, Bhagavata Purana, Brahmavaivarta Purana, Kurma Purana, Agni Purana, Matsya Purana, Bhavisya Purana, Brahmanda Purana, Vamana Purana, Brahma Purana, Linga Purana, and Markandeya Purana.

Markandeya had a miraculous birth and would never grow older than sixteen years old. His father was the sage Mrikandu, whose worship pleased Shiva. Appearing with a boon, Shiva asked Mrikandu whether he wanted a son who was brilliant but short-lived or dull with a long life. Mrikandu chose the brilliant son. Markandeya surpassed all his expectations in his knowledge of the Vedas and Shastras, but the years passed all too quickly. When Markandeya learned that he would soon die, he began practicing severe austerities (tapas). When Yama’s helpers came for Markandeya, they could not approach him because of the great heat from his tapas. So Yama came and threw his noose, which encircled both Markandeya and his idol of Shiva. Shiva angrily arose from the idol and killed Yama to save Markandeya, his devotee.

Markandeya practiced severe austerities through the first six manvantaras. Then in the seventh manvantara Indra tried everything to stop his devotions but could not. The Puranas state that Mârkandeya is still alive, sixteen years of age, and a great devotee (bhakta).

The Markandeya Purana is remarkable for the fact that it describes the dissolution and birth of the universe, and enumerates the seven stages involved in the creation of the universe. This whole scientific explanation is put in the form of story. Markandeya being immortal, continues to live even through the destruction of the very universe. The story is thus told by Markandeya describing what he witnesses.

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