Gaṇeśapurāṇa: Krīḍākhaṇḍa

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Greg Bailey
Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2008 - Religion - 693 pages
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
Frames of Content
9
Elephanthead or Human Head and the Very Problem of the Head
35
Intertextuality
58
Dating
70
Place of Composition
80
lion
89
The Fifth Chapter
98
The Gift of a boon to Kīrti
189
Description of the kings attainment of wonderful bliss
201
The Departure of Narāntaka
208
Liberation of the King
214
The Siege of the City
221
The Defeat of the Siddhis
227
The Sixtyninth Chapter
233
The Description of Sindhus Progenation
241

The Eulogy beginning with Hā
107
The Return of the King
122
The Magnificence of the Doors
126
The Killing of Kūpa and Kandara
129
The Journey to Kailāsa
132
The Killing of the Demoness who appears as Aditi
135
The Instruction of Varenya 375
139
The Tale of Vināyakas Feeding
142
The Appearance of his Universal Form
145
Description of the Arrival of the Vehicle
151
The Description of Kirtis Praise
157
The Praise of Mandāra and Sami
164
The Thirtyeighth Chapter
170
The Fortyfirst Chapter
176
The Tale of Divodāsa
182
The Seventysixth Chapter
247
The Eightieth Chapter
254
The Eightythird Chapter
260
Gaņeśas Protective Amulet
266
The Killing of Kamalāsura
305
The One Hundred and Nineteenth Chapter
336
The Trip to the City
351
Description of FiftySix Vināyakas
409
Variant readings
629
Epithets of Ganesa Used in the Krīdā Khanda
654
Krīdākhanda
679
vehicle
685
Translation Notes and Index
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