Who is His father, Vasudeva? Who is Devaki? When He came what did He do? In what form did Lord Hari appear?
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Further, this text is mostly legends, worship, mythology and drama during the life of Radha and Krishna, with discussion of ethics, dharma, four stages of life and festivals embedded as part of the plot.
This text is unlike the encyclopedic style found in almost all other major Puranas, and for these reasons, predominant portions of this Purana are likely to be a 15th or 16th century composition. The text very likely existed much earlier, and the older version likely was complete in the 8th to 10th century period.
A version probably existed by CE, adds Hazra. However, in its history, this Hindu text also underwent major revisions, over the centuries. This text was likely revised in the Bengal region of South Asia.
This modern content includes chapters on "mixed castes, duties of women, duties of varna, duties of individuals during their Ashrama stages of life , worship and glorification of Brahmins, theory of hell in after-life, and religious gift giving for merit".
The only Smriti chapters in currently surviving manuscripts, that can be found in older versions of this text are two, namely 4. The tradition and other Puranas assert that this Purana had 18, verses. The actual manuscripts have more than 18, verses, unlike other Puranas where they usually fall short.
The seduction stories and legends of this text have attracted many scholarly studies. The last part of this Purana is all about Radha and Krishna, painted with erotic themes, hymns, legends and mythology. Radha is presented as the energy and power of Krishna, inseparable part. The Purana presents an egalitarian view towards women, wherein it asserts ideas such as, "all female beings have come forth out of the divine female" in chapter 4. Along with equating all women with goddess Radha, the text equates all men with Krishna.
These sections may be from possible influences of the ancient Shaktism tradition of Hinduism. The text is part of the Vaishnavism literature in Bengal, but is not considered a canonical scripture, states Edward Dimock.
Brahma Vaivarta Purana, contents – UPDATES
Brahma-vaivarta puranam. Translated into English by Rajendra Nath Sen