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The Harivaṃśa is a series of textual materials at the end of the Sanskrit Mahābhārata, credited, like the larger work, to the sage Vyāsa. The nature of the Harivaṃśa in relation to the Mahābhārata is indicated by the word khila, which is used in the singular to denote the Harivaṃśa as a whole (Vaidya, 1969–1971) and in the plural to label the parvans (books) that constitute it, and which has usually been trans…

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Brodbeck, Simon, “Harivaṃśa”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 27 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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