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1-Brahm Puraan2-Padm Puraan3-Vishnu Puraan4-Shiv Puraan5-Bhaagvat Puraan,
6-Naarad Puraan7-Maarkandeya Puraan8-Agni Puraan9-Bhavishya Puraan,
10-Brahm Vaivart Puraan11-Ling Puraan12-Varaah Puraan13-Skand Puraan,
14-Vaaman Puraan15-Koorm Puraan16-Matsya Puraan17-Garud Puraan18-Brahmaand Puraan


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Different Puraan
There are many differences in all Puraan. Some of them are given here.

According to Maarkandeya Puraan, Laghima means "to have an extreme speed." while Bhaagvat Puraan says "to become smallest in size".

About Kashyap Rishi
In many references Kashyap does not seem to be the Maharshi Kashyap.

As per Bhaagvat Puraan (9.16.22) Parashuraam had given the middle region of his province to Kashyap Rishi.

Kashyap had met to Bheeshm Pitaamaha when he was lying on arrow bed. (Bhaagvat Puraan: 1.9.8)

Naarad, Parvat, Aaditya, Marudgan and Rudra were Kashyap's son. (Brahm Puraan: 2.27.104; 32.98,112; 35.92.95;  38.3;  3.1.53;  4.34;  8.1.27; Matsya Puraan: 145, 92; Vaayu Puraan: 1.138; 3.2; 65.53; 84.26.31)

In Vaayu Puraan (65.115-17) it is said that once, when Daksh was angry because of his daughter, Kashyap had drunk the "Kashy" (a wine) and got the name Kashyap.

Kashyap Jee was invited in Yudhishtir's Yagya. (Bhaagvat Puraan: 10.74.9)

Kashyap Jee had gone to Symantpanchak to meet Lord Krishn. (Bhaagvat Puraan: 10.84.4)

Kashyap Rishi was expert in treating the snake bite. When Takshak was going to bite the King Pareeskhit, he met him on the way. Takshak convinced Kashyap Rishi to go back. (Bhaagvat Puraan: 12.6.11)
[This Kashyap doesn't seem to be Maharshi Kashyap as he went to treat Pareekshit tin the hope of some money; while Maharshi Kashyap could not have done this.]

Kashyap had learned Mool Sanhitaa from Romharshan, pupil of Ved Vyaas Jee.

Kashyap is one of the seven sage of Swaarochish Manvantar. (Matsya Puraan: 9.8; Padm Puraan)

Kashyap Rishi had visited a great holy place Shukla Teerth situated on bank of Narmadaa. (Matsya Puraan 192.10)

Kashyap and Ved
In his holy book Shatpath Braahman Granth Muni Yaskaachaarya has quoted that there was a Kashyap Rishi who studied Ved deeply. In Ved there is a rule that a man or woman can only extend his or her life up to 400 years only and not more. In this connection Yajur Ved Mantra 3/62 is referred to. So when Kashyap Rishi became of hundred years of age, he prayed God that he is busy in the study of Ved therefore his age may be extended up to two hundred years. But reaching on two hundred years he again requested to extend further hundred years because the Rishi had been experiencing unlimited peace and merriment while studying Ved and going the deepest in every Mantra. And Lo! When he reached at the age of three hundred years he prayed God that he (Rishi) is leaving Body. Because the knowledge of the Ved are eternal and unlimited.
[This Kashyap also does not seem to be the Maharshi Kashyap]

Kashyap and Shakuntalaa
It is said that King Dushyant refused to accept Shakuntalaa, as the curse of Sage Durvaasaa had obliterated all memories of her in his mind and she had no ring to remind him of their wedding. Seeing her daughter filled with anguish, Menakaa took her to sage Kashyap's Aashram and left her in his care. Shakuntalaa gave birth to a son in his Aashram and named him Sarvadaman. King Dushyant, who on request from Indra, was engaged in a battle against the Asur, visited the sage Kashyap's Aashram on his return. He was ecstatic to see Shakuntalaa and his son and due to resurgence of memory about his lady love, he took them back with him to his palace. Sarvadaman later on ruled the kingdom as the popular emperor Bharat.

Kashyap With Soory Dev
Yet in another legend, Vaayu Puraan (52.16) and Bhaagvat Puraan (Skandh 12:11.41) Soot Jee told to Shaunak Jee; "to regulate the behavior of people, Bhagavaan Soorya, in the form of Kaal, go around with His 6 Gan all round the 12 months (Chaitra, Vaishaakh, Jyestha, Aashad etc. 12 months). Among them Rishi pray Soorya with Soorya-related Ved Mantra, Gandharv sing praise, Apsaraa dance, Naag act as rope for his chariot, Yaksh decorate chariot, and powerful Raakshas push it forward from back. Anshu Soorya, Kashyap Rishi, Taarkshya Yaksh, Vidyuchchhatru Raakshas, Mahaashankh Naag, Urvashee Apsaraa, Ritsen Gandharv accompany Soorya Bhagavaan in Maargsheersh (Agahan) Maas."

Kashyap and Kashmeer
As per legends and also according to the Kalhan's (contemporary of King Jayasinh of Kashmeer of the 12th century) Raaj-taranginee, regarded as one of the most ancient and famous historical texts of the sub-continent, "The whole of the valley (Kashmeer valley of today) was under water, It was a big lake "Sateesar", named after Shiv's consort Satee. The people living on the banks of the lake were threatened by an invincible monster - Jalodbhav. It was on Kashyap Rishi's pleading with Vishnu that gods and goddess came to help to kill the monster. Goddess Sharikaa who is revered in Kashmeer, assumed the form of a dove and brought a small "hill" (The Hari Parvat or Sharikaa Devee's Parvat) in its beak and crushed the monster with that hill.

It was after that, Kashyap Rishi drained the water through number of rivers and rivulets and what emerged was a valley of enchanting beauty, whom the saint named "Kashyap Murh" or Kashyap Mar. As time passed, the nomenclature changed and finally the "Paradise on Earth" came to be known as Kashmeer. All Kashmeeree are believed to be the descendants of Rishi and Muni, such as Dattaatreya, Bhardwaaj and Kashyap Jee etc.

The stories about Daksh, Satee, birth of Kaarttikeye, Taarakaasur etc given in Skand Puraan (Shiv Rahasya) are so different from the stories given in other Puraan.



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Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 06/24/13