With Sanskrit mulam and English Translation. Published by Rasbiharilal and sons, (). Vol 1: Harivamsa Parva – Chapter 1 to Vol 2: Harivasmsa Parva . Title: Harivamsa Purana (with Hindi Translation)Language: Sanskrit (with Hindi Translation)Author: Sri VyasadevaTranslator: Pandit. Harivamsa Purana. Sri Harivamsa-parva – chapters has 2 ratings and 0 reviews. Harivamsa and Mahabrahata are complementary to each other.

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Harivamsha means something in HinduismSanskrit, JainismPrakrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of hafivamsa term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Harivamsha “the lineage of Hari Vishnu ” is an important work of Sanskrit literature, containing 16, verses, mostly in Anustubh metre.

The text is also known as the Harivamsha Purana. This text is believed to be a khila appendix or supplement to the Mahabharata and is traditionally ascribed to Veda Vyasa. According to Adi Parva, the Harivamsha is divided into two parvas or books and had 12, verses.


The manuscripts found in the 19th century in different parts of India included three books and are also known as puranas – the Harivamsha Purana, the Vishnu Purana and the Bhavishya Purana.

These books are included with the eighteen Mahapuranas of the Mahabharata.


The Harivamsa is widely considered by most Hindus as an appendix to one of the most well known epics prva Indian literature, the Mahabharata. As an appendix to the Mahabharata the Harivamsa is not one of the 18 parvas but is widely regarded by most scholars to be closer to a purana, a religious text Winternitz However, according to Sanskrit texts, it has been attributed to the sage Vyasa.

There are also Jaina Harivamsas in various languages that present Jaina traditions of the Krishna story. It is divided into 66 cantos and contains 12, slokas.

The book aims to narrate the life of Arishtanemi, the twenty-second Tirthankara of the Jainas. According to the Jaina sources, Arishtanemi is the first cousin of Krishna.

The 32nd canto contains the description of Balarama.

The tale of patva birth of Krishna begins from canto The description of the youthful exploits of Krishna is similar to the Hindu lore. There follows the description of the slaying of Kansa at the festival of consecration of the bow. Then Jarasandha sends his brother and his son to attack Mathura, both of them killed by Krishna. The birth of Arishtanemi takes place in Sauryapura amidst great celebrations.

Jarasandha then lays siege of Mathura resulting in the migration of Krishna and his kinsmen to Dwarka.

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The marriage with Rukmini and the birth and abduction of Pradyumna follows. Then the account of the Pandavas is narrated which bears significant differences from the Hindu accounts. The reunion of Krishna and Pradyumna is narrated next. The text then describes the final combat between Jarasandha and Krishna with the Kauravas acting as allies to the former while the Pandavas to the latter.


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The war ends with the death of Jarasandha and the deification of Krishna as Narayana. Thereafter the Pandavas retreat to south to establish Pandu Mathura modern Madurai.

The book closes with and account of the dynasty of Yadu propagated by Jaratkumara. Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness ahimsa towards every living being.

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