Brahmvaivart means the size of Brahm. The elementary form of Brahm is 'nature'. Different dimensions of nature only have been established in the Brahmvaivart Puran.
The detailed analysis of Shri Krishna avatar of Lord Vishnu has been made in this Puran only next to Shrimad Bhagwat Puran among the eighteen Purans written by Maharshi Vyas. Therefore this Puran has been placed in the rank of 'Vaishnav Puran'. Lord Shri Krishna has been said to be the form of supreme Brahm whose fraction produces this entire universe.
Parbrahm Parameshwar Shri Krishna had provided the knowledge of this Puran to Brahmaji at Golok. At Pushkar, Brahmaji provided this knowledge to Dharmaraj, Dharmaraj to his son Narayan, and Lord Narayan offered this knowledge to Devarshi Narad. Later Devarshi Narad provided this knowledge to Maharshi Vyas and Vyasji provided it to his disciple Sootji. At last this knowledge reached Shaunak and other rishi-munis through Sootji.
Brahmvaivart Puran facilitates mortal pleasures to pleasure-seekers and emancipation to the men who seek freedom from all bondages (moksha). For Vishnu devotees, this Puran provides devotion and is like kalp tree. The seed form of this universe has been established in this Puran which is prayed and meditated by all the yogis and seers.
Besides the emergence of the universe, stories of main goddesses - Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Gayatri, Savitri, Tulsi, Ganga, etc. - the birth of Lord Ganesh and the mythological stories related with him, and various histrionics related with Lord Shri Krishna have been described.
Number of Verses (Shlokas) and Sections
Brahmvaivart Puran comprises eighteen thousand (18,000) verses. The complete Puran contains two hundred and eighteen (218) chapters which are divided into four sections. These sections are - Brahm Khand, Prakriti Khand, Ganapati Khand, and Shri Krishna janm Khand.
The Gist of Brahmvaivart Puran
1. Brahm Khand
This first khand (section) of the Brahmvaivart Puran comprises 29 chapters. This khand begins with the description of universe. There is described the birth of universe by Parhrahm Lord Shri Krishna and emergence of Narayan, Brahma, Shiv, Kaamdev, Suryadev, Chandradev, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Rati, Moorti etc from the different parts of his body.
There is the story of the emergence of Radhaji in the 5th chapter who had appeared from the left part of Lord Shri Krishna. Thereafter there is episode of the emergence of Gopos from the papillae of Lord Shri Krishna and Gopis from the papillae of Radha. After that there is story of the birth of Devarshi Narad in the Gandharva yoni by the name of Upbrihan as a result of a curse invoked by Brahmaji, wedding with fifty Gandharva girls by him, and invoking of curse again on Upbrihan and birth of Devarshi Narad in Shoodra yoni due to the curse. In the context of this story, the medical science and different secrets of Ayurved have been described in detail by Lord Narayan in the disguise of a Brahmin before Malawati, the wife of Upbrihan. The sixteen texts written by sixteen scholars are said to be the basic pillars of Ayurvedic medicine. These texts and their authors are introduced in the following table:
|| Ayurved Samhita
|| Chikitsa Tatvavigyan
|| Chikitsa Darpan
|| Divya Chikitsa Kaumudi
|| Chikitsa Saartatva
|| Vaidyak Sarvasva
|| Vyadhi Sindhuvimardan
|| Vaidya Sandehbhanjan
|| Nidan Tantra
|| Uttam Sarvadhar Tantra
|| Dwait Nirnaya
After that the episodes of Krishna armour (Kavach) named Brahmandpavan and Sansarpatan, the glory of Shivstavraj, nomenclature of Brahmaji's son, and the importance of domestic life (,grihastha dharma) narrated by Brahmaji to Devarshi Narad are described. Finally this holy khand has been concluded analysising the glory of Lord Shri Krishna and the goddess nature.