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Karnataka Bhagawatha – Bhagavad Purana in Kannada

The Bhagavad Purana is one of the most important Puranas that narrates about the divine actions of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the Mahapuranas and is also noted for its philosophical discussions. Karnataka Bhagawatha is a 16th century translation of the Bhagavad Purana by Nityatma Sukhayogi in Kannada. It was written on palm-leaf manuscripts by Ramannaiah. Now the entire Karnataka Bhagawatha composed in 11,682 poems on 232 palm leaves has been published in book form by Holalkere R Chandrasekhar. Ramannaiah was one of the forefathers of H R Chandrasekhar.

Holalkere R Chandrasekhar is a professor of Physics in the University of Missouri in Columbia and transcribing, translating and editing the mammoth book took more than a decade. The original palm leaf manuscript had to be microfilmed then transferred to computer and then edited into print format.

Karnataka Bhagawatha is in two volumes and each volume contains more than 700 pages along with illustrations and color plates. It is in poetry form in Kannada and there is a prose synopsis in English to help in understanding the Kannada poetry.

More details about Karnataka Bhagawatha and about the author can be found here.


700-hundred-year-old Hindu palm leaf manuscript digitally restored