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Bhāgavatapurāṇa
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When Vopadeva, a respected Sanskrit grammarian, reflected on the Bhāgavatapurāṇa in the late 13th century, he famously remarked as follows in his Harilīlāmṛta (1.9):

The Vedas instruct like a lord, the purāṇa like a friend,

and the kāvya [the corpus of poetic theory] like a lover.

The Bhāgavatapurāṇa, it is said, instructs like all three.

For Vopadeva, the Bhāgavatapurāṇa subsumes and s…

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Edelmann, Jonathan, “Bhāgavatapurāṇa”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_1010068427>
First published online: 2018



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