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Vishnu Puran - an Introduction Part 1

Maharshi Kashyap and his descend has been described by at the end of Pratham ansh.

2. Dwiteeya Ansh (Second Fraction)

The Dwiteeya ansh of Vishnu Puran comprises sixteen (16) chapters. This ansh begins with the description of descend of Priyavrat, the son of self-styled Manu. After this, the oldest appearance of the earth has been described by presenting the geographical details of seven islands including Jumbu. The system of sun, Nakshatra, and signs (rashi), and description of seven firmaments (urdhvalok),pataals, and Gangavirbhav is an important side of Puran. In addition to this, different hells and glory of God's name as described in Puran is capable ill opening the eyes of wisdom of people wandering in the darkness of ignorance.

The message of wisdom of adwait has been given at the end of Dwiteeya ansh through the dialogue between King Sauveer and King Jadbharat, a Vishnu devotee of first manvantar and son of King Rishabhdev. At one place, on a question raised by King Sauveer, Jadbaharat says describing the oneness of Brahm, "King! The soul is one, vast, moderate, pure, formless, and isolated from nature. It is beyond birth and growth, omnipresent, and absolute. It is supremely knowledgeable. This Omnipotent neither had any assotiation with name and class nor has or will ever have. It is one despite being present in various species."

3. Triteeya Ansh (Third Fraction)

Comprising eighteen (18) chapters of Vishnu Puran, the Triteeya ansh begins with detailed description of the fourteen manvantars, their rulers fourteen Manus, Indra, deities, Saptarshis, and the sons of Manus. Whereas, on the one hand, there are various names of Vyas according to chaturyug and description of glory of brahm-gyan (the knowledge of Brahm), on the other hand, there is detailed description of of Rigved, Shukla Yajurved, Saamved, and the expansion of the branches of Taittireeya Yajurved. Brahmcharya and such ashrams, the household etiquettes, nomenclature, methods of wedding rituals, and post-funeral rites have been presented according to scriptures in this ansh of Puran like the ocean in a bowl.

4. Chaturtha Ansh (Fourth Fraction)

The fourth fraction of Vishnu Puran is adorned with twenty- four (24) chapters. In the e beginning of this ansh, the detail of Vaivswat Manu's dynasty within Suryavansh (Sun dynasty), birth of King Ikshwaku and the character of kings in his descend namely Maandhaata, Trishanku, Sagar, Saudas, and Lord Ram have been described. Thereafter Chandravansh (Moon dynasty) has beeen described having described the character of kings namely Budh, Pururava, Raji, Yayati etc. Besides, in this ansh, Yadu, Turvasu, Anu, Puru, Kroshtu, Andhak, Kuru etc. and other famous royal dynasties are described.

5. Pancham Ansh (Fiffth Fraction)

In all of the thirty-eight chapters of the fifth fraction of Vishnu Puran, sequence of Shri Krishna avatar of Lord Vishnu to the destruction of Yadu dynasty, and Pandava's ascendance to heaven have been described. Within this, a very delightful and poetic description has been made of the histrionics of Lord Shri Krishna.

6. Shasht Ansh (Sixth Fraction)

The sixth and the last fraction of Vishnu Puran comprises just eight (8) chapters, In this ansh, the evils and virtues of Kaliyug-dharma have been analyzed. The detailed description of three kinds of annihilation namely naimittik,prakritik, and aatyantik is another uniqueness of this Puran. In addition to this, describing spiritual activities as well as three kinds of penance and the Supreme Truthful form of God, Brahmyog has been established.

Concluding the text, Maharshi Parashar says at the end, "The sin created by all the evils is easily destroyed by merely listening to this sacred Puran. The great reward that one gets from awabhooth bathing at the end of Ashwamedh yajna, the saint- can be earned by merely listening to this Puran. This Puran is a great protector of people frightened from the world, very listenable, and holier than the holiest. This removes all the evils and nightmares of people, auspicious among the most auspicious, and provides progeny and wealth.