Gaṇeśapurāṇa: Krīḍākhaṇḍa

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Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2008 - Religion - 693 pages
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This book offers a translation of the seven thousand verses of the second book of the medieval Hindu text, the Ganesa Purana, one of two Puranas dedicated to the important elephant-headed god. In this book the reader is given many narratives about Ganesas ascent to earth in order to kill demonic figures who threaten to overthrow the correct world order. In addition, these narratives contain myths about Ganesa's birth and family as well as some extended and quite humorous myths about ideal devotees of the god.The translation is preceded by a long introduction offering a geographical and historical context for the GanesaPurana. Following the translation are very extensive notes which bring our points of philological interest, but focus mainly on the literary structure of the text and the methods used to present the many myths and narratives in a coherent and fully integrated manner.
 

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Contents

Preliminaries
3
Literary Organization of the Krldakhanda
5
Frames of Content
9
Elephanthead or Human Head and the Very Problem of the Head
35
Ganesa as an Object of Devotion
38
Types of Myths in the Krldakhanda
45
Intertextuality
58
Dating
70
The Gift of a mantra to Gauri
252
The Eightieth Chapter
254
The Eightysecond Chapter
258
The Eightythird Chapter
260
The Killing of Balasura
263
Description of the Seating on the Ground
265
The Killing of the Asura Kamatha
269
The Killing of the Asura alabha
271

Place of Composition
80
Translation of the Krldakhanda
87
Krldakhanda
89
Gaining of the Boon
93
Vyasas Question
95
The Fifth Chapter
98
Vinayakas Manifestation
100
Liberation of the Demoness Viraja
102
Liberation of the Crocodile
104
Description of Various Names
107
The Eleventh Chapter
111
The Killing of the NightStalkers
113
The Thirteenth Chapter
116
The Freeing of the City
118
The Return of the King
122
The Seventeenth Chapter
125
The Killing of Kupa and Kandara
129
The Killing of the Three Demons
132
The Peoples Request
135
Gift of the boon to Sukla
140
The Tale of the Proclamation about Devotion
143
The Liberation of Bhima and the Raksasa
145
Description of the births of Bhima and the Raksasa
146
The Killing of Virocana
147
The Tale of the Vamana Avatara
152
The Thirtyfirst Chapter
155
The Revival of the Boy
160
The Praise of Mandara and Sami
162
The Thirtysixth Chapter
166
The Thirtyeighth Chapter
170
The Narrative of Durasada
172
The Fortieth Chapter
175
The Victory over Durasada
178
The Fortyfourth Chapter
180
The Tale of Divodasa
182
The Fortyseventh Chapter
184
The Gift of a boon to Kirti
186
Description of the results of the ami and the Mandara
189
Description of Ganesas World
190
The Arrival of the Flying Vehicle
195
The Fiftysecond Chapter
198
The Fiftyfourth Chapter
201
Release of the Messengers
206
The Confinement of the King
210
Liberation of the King
214
The Sixtieth Chapter
217
The Siege of the City
221
The Sixtyfourth Chapter
223
Buddhis Victory
225
The Defeat of the Siddhis
227
The Battle of the Weapons
229
The Sixtyninth Chapter
233
Entrance into the City
234
Vinayakas Return to the Hermitage
236
The Description of Sindhus Progenation
241
The Defeat of the Gods
245
The Seventysixth Chapter
247
The Gift of a Boon of Prosperity to the Gods
250
The Killing of Avija
272
The Killing of Sailasura and Matsyasura
277
The Showing of the Universal Vision and the Killing of the Asura Kardama
279
The Trip to Gautamas Hermitage
282
The Killing of the Asura Vrka
287
The Debate between Aditi and Gauri
290
The Giving of a Boon to Sikhandin
294
The Killing of the Asura Bhaga
297
The Destruction of the Daitya Army
300
The Battle with Kamalasura
303
The Killing of Kamalasura
305
The Casting Out of the Idea of Difference in Visvadeva
310
The One Hundred and Sixth Chapter
312
The Destruction of Indras Sacrifice
314
The Removal of Yamas Arrogance
316
The Killing of the Raksasas
318
The Description of the Deliberations
321
The Killing of Mitra and Kaustubha
324
The Defeat of Sindhus Army
327
The Cleansing of the Battlefield
331
Durgas Speech
333
The One Hundred and Nineteenth Chapter
336
The Conversation between Sindhu and his Father
339
The Destruction of Sindhus Army
342
The Killing of Sindhu
344
The Trip to the City
351
The Magnificence of the Doors
356
Description of Sinduras Birth
358
The One Hundred and Twentyninth Chapter
363
The Imperceptibility of Gajanana
365
The Journey to Kailasa
368
The One Hundred and Thirtyfourth Chapter
371
The Description of the Curse on Kraunca
373
The Instruction of Varenya
375
The Yoga of the Meaning of the Essence of Samkhya
377
The Yoga of Action
381
The Attainment of Knowledge
383
The Twofold Yoga and Renunciation
386
The Yoga recommending the Lifestyle of Yoga
387
The Yoga of Intellect
389
The Yoga of Worship
390
The Appearance of his Universal Form
391
The Yoga of Discrimination between the Knower of the Field and the Field
395
The Description of Objects having Three Types
398
The Dismissal of the Sage
401
Description of the Arrival of the Vehicle
404
The Visit of Hemakantha
406
Description of Somakantas Arrival at the Gods Abode
408
Description of the Fruits of Hearing
412
Notes to the Text and the Translation of the Krlda Khanda
413
Appendices
627
Variant readings
629
Myth Notations
654
Epithets of Ganesa Used in the Krlda Khanda
656
Bibliography
659
Translation Notes and Index
695
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696
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