Translated into English by Corrado Puchetti

General Editor Gian Giuseppe Filippi

Venetian Academy of Indian Studies Series, n. 3

D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd. – New Delhi, 2003

298 ppgg.

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The Mahatmyas constitute an important stream of the Indian tradition, putting in evidence the greatness either of a place or of a character. Among the many Mahatmyas, the Kampilyamahatmya, focusing its attention on the region of Kampilya, has a unique significance, as the exact identification and location of the holy tirtha of Kampilya remains a subject of mystery and controversy even today.

Presenting the original Sanskrit text of the twentieth century, the Kampilyamahatmya provides a plethora of information on ancient legends and dynasties of pre-Puranic times, and will be useful to scholars of ancient India mythology and history.





Bhumika: Introduction from the original manuscript Mangalacarana

1. The talk between Siva and Nandin about the origin of Kala

2. The talk between Siva and Nandin on the creation and the importance of Mantra and Diksa

3. The talk between Siva and Nandin on the Tryambakesa Lingam

4. The talk between Siva and Nandin on the greatness of the Ramesvara Temple

5. Siva curses Ganga and Parvati to take human nature

6. The story of Dronacarya and Asvatthama

7. The fight between Dronacarya and King Drupada

8. Intervening of Arjuna and capture of Drupada

9. King Drupada thinks up a revenge and birth of Drstadyumna and Draupadi

10. Preparations for the Svayamvara of Draupadi

11. The Gandharva counsels Arjuna to take the Rsi Dhaumya as the Purohita of the Pandavas

12. The Svayamvara tournament

13. Kings who attended the Svayamvara

14. Draupadi’s refusal for Karna

15. Arjuna pierce the target

16. The Kings unacceptance of the Brahmana’s victory

17. The Brahmanas side with Arjuna

18. Draupadi is divided among the five brothers

19. Drstadyumna secretly watches the Pandava’s talk and Drupada’s anxiety to know the facts

20. Drstadyumna tells facts to his father

21. King Drupada invites the bridegroom’s family

22. King Drupada meets the Pandavas; Yudhisthira explains how the five are Draupadi’s husbands

23. Vyasa arrives at King Drupada’s court

24. The story of the five Indras, Purvendra

25. The precedent of how Draupadi came to get five husbands

26. Draupadi marries the five Pandavas

27. Kunti blesses Draupadi after the wedding

28. The story of Kalesvara Mahadeva

29. The Kalesvara temple

30. The story of Sikhandi

31. Sikhandi marries the daughter of the King Hiranvarma

32. The anger of the King Hiranvarma, ascertaining the real sex of Sikhandi

33. Sikhandi’s depression; intervent of the Yaksa Sthunakarna

34. Sthunakarna gives his masculinity to Sikhandi

35. Description of the dynasty of King Drupada: on the name of Kampilya and of Pancala

36. The story of the King Somaka

37. Somaka gets 100 sons from his as many wives

38. Some important characters and places around Kampilya

39. The story of Candrapala

40. The story of Lambodara

41. The importance of performing Sraddha at Sardvipa Tirtha

42. Discussion about Sraddha and Pindadana between Yudhisthira and Bhisma

43. The talk between Markandeya and Sanatkumara on Pitara and Devata

44. The Pitars can be Amurta (formless) or Murtiman (with form)

45. Markandeya speaking on the genealogy of King Brahmadatta

46. On the dynasty of Ugrayuddha, the destroyer of the Nipas

47. The story of Brahmadatta and Pujaniya

48. The story of the seven sons of Visvamitra

49. Hamsa Yogi life of the seven sons of Visvamitra

50. The story of seven Hamsa

51. How the Queen Sannati felt offended by King Brahmadatta, and how he with two of his brothers hearing the sloka utterd by a Brahmana obtained jatismarana and mukti

Method of listening


Description of the genealogy of the poet