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When Vopadeva, a respected Sanskrit grammarian, reflected on the Bhāgavatapurāṇa in the late 13th century, he famously remarked as follows in his Harilīlāmṛta (1.9):

The Vedas instruct like a lord, the purāṇa like a friend,

and the kāvya [the corpus of poetic theory] like a lover.

The Bhāgavatapurāṇa, it is said, instructs like all three.

For Vopadeva, the Bhāgavatapurāṇa subsumes and synthesi…

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Edelmann, Jonathan, “Bhāgavatapurāṇa”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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