Site icon Recipes, Reviews, Travelogues

Read Agni Purana Part 2 of 4 – Agni Purana in English

What is Agni Purana?

The Agni Purana is one of the encyclopedias of the Vedas.

Agni Purana Part 2 – Agni Purana in English – Read Agni Purana Part 2 of 4

The Agni Purana is a mahapurana. It is usually mentioned as eighth in the list of eighteen Puranas. There are about fifteen and a half thousand shlokas in the Agni Purana.

The Agni Purana is one of the encyclopedias of the Vedas. In addition to being divided into parts, this part also consists of topics of diverse nature.

It includes the art of wielding common weapons like swords, maces, etc., judicature, resolving civil disputes and criminal proceedings against offenders and using Vedic hymns for religious and secular purposes.

Observances to warn of the bad effects of porters and planets, worship methods for various deities, descriptions of the recensions of the Vedas, and ways to increase merit through giving Puranas, etc.

A number of chapters describe the Solar, Lunar, and other royal dynasties. A great deal of medical information can be found here.

In addition to human diseases and their treatment by herbs and sacred formulas, those of horses and elephants are also discussed and remedies prescribed for their cure:

There is a thorough discussion of snake bites, herbal remedies, and incantations to remove their poison. This book contains a wide range of interesting and useful material.

Who wrote the Agni Purana?

Who narrated the Agni Purana?

The narrator of the Mahapurana, Agni Purana is the fire-god Agni.

Agni related the subject matter of the Purana to the sage Vashishtha, who in turn, passed on the knowledge to Vyasadeva who compiled it. Vyasadeva’s disciple Suta learnt the Purana from his teacher.

As to the date of this Purana, nothing can be said with certainty. It is a compilation of various works written in different periods, no single date can be assigned to the Purana as a whole.

Who published the Agni Purana?

Who are the publishers for Agni Purana?

The English Translation of Agni Purana was published in four parts by Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Private Limited, Delhi in 1954.

What are the Contents of Agni Purana?

Agni Purana was published in four (4) parts in New Delhi, India in 1954

The present Agnipurana volume contains the Agni Purana Part 2 (Chapters 101-251) in English Translation.

This Agnipurana, like most of the other Purãnas, is of encyclopedic character. Like the first part, this part of the Agni Purana contains topics of diverse nature.

Nevertheless, there is unity under diversity. For example, Chapters 101-106 which open this part deal with the subject of architecture in relation to temple edifice, house-building and town planning.

Ch. 107-l08 describe Svayambhuva’s creation and the Cosmographical account of the Universe.

Chs. 109-116 deal with the sacred places of pilgrimage on the Ganges and Narmada as well as on the Srisaila mountain. Among the holy places, Vãränasi, Pukara, Kurukshetra, Rajagiha, Prayaga and Gaya figure prominently.

Ch. 117 describes the mode of performing ancestral rites at these places.

Chs. 118 to 120 are devoted to the description of Continents with special reference to Bharata, the sub-continent of Jambudvipa.

Chs. 121 to 149 relate to astrology and astronomy in relation to war. They also outline a number of stratagems and tantric rites for running the administration and gaining victory in war.

From the study of these and other chapters on polity, it appears that the statesman of the Agnipurana is in favour of Imperial power to be vested in the Sovereign who is ambitious for world conquest.

The ambitious monarch is asked to seek success from all quarters, especially from superpowers such as Kubjika, Camucda, Aghorã and Varadê, these being the various forms of goddess Sivà, the consort of Lord Siva.

From these topics, the Agnipurana proceeds to the description of Manvantaras (giving names of Manus, sages, and Indra for each cycle of Manu), Asramas (Stages of life), Samskaras (Purificatory rites) from birth to death (150-167)

Ch. 168 to 174 relate to atonements for various offences and expiations for sins.

Chs. 175 to 207 describe religious vows – obligatory and occasional some of which are not found in the Smrtigranthas.

Chs. 208-213 dwell upon gifts and corporeal austerities (Vratas) of pious nature.

Ch. 214 describes the system of veins in the body and their functions.

Chs. 218 to 237 constitute the discourse of Puskara to Vaistha on the king’s coronation. Appointment of assistants and the code of their conduct fortification, kingly duties policy, code of law, military expedition omens presaging victory or defeat in war six expedient rites preceding the march of the army and a hymn to Lakshmi for success.

Chs. 238 to 242 include Rama’s discourse to Laksmana on the eve of battle in Lanka on the duties of the monarch’s six expedients. four ways of policy and a harangue on the king’s statesmanship.

From these topics, the Agnipurana proceeds to some miscellaneous topics such as the description of physiognomy of men and women royal fan, bow and sword (245) testing of gems (246) site for building (247) worship of Visnu (248) science of archery and the method of using a noose (249-251).

This wide range of subjects is most interesting and informative the treatment of each topic comprising one or more chapters is lucid and unitary in expression and thought.

FInally! To Sum It Up

The Agni Purana is one of the encyclopedias of the Vedas. This is Part 1 of Agni Purana.

Agni Purana - Part 1

Agni purana – part 1

The Agni Purana is a mahapurana. It usually figures eighth in the list of eighteen Puranas. There are about fifteen and a half thousand shlokas in the Agni Purana.

The Agni Purana is one of the encyclopedias of the Vedas. In addition to being divided into parts, this part also consists of topics of diverse nature.

This Agni Purana was published by Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Private Limited, Delhi in 1954. This the second part out of four parts.

If you like this article, you can let us know in the comments below or on social media using #gosumitup and tag @gosumitup on Facebook.

I am always happy to read your feedback and if you read and liked the article. :)

Better still, take a picture and post it on Instagram and tag it as #gosumitup

Connect directly – You can also connect with me directly on my Instagram and Facebook or on Pinterest.

And, keep visiting us for more of such awesomeness. Do bookmark into your web browser now or simply subscribe to our browser notifications.

Thank you for visiting GoSumItUp! I hope you enjoy the Sanatan Dharma articles found at This page contains disclaimers regarding the writings, its summary, and/or translations.

These have been compiled for general information only and should not be used to interpret or suggest any condition/s.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease as well. It’s shared only for general knowledge purposes. has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but offers no warranty as to its accuracy or its use in any possible form.

Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition/s. For more details please refer to our disclosure policy.

The content, images, pictures, graphics etc. on the site could include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Correction and changes are periodically made to the information herein.

GoSumItUp may make improvements and/or changes herein at any time at its sole discretion without notice.

GoSumItUp makes no representations about the accuracy of the information contained in the contents, documents and graphics on the site for any purpose. All contents, documents and graphics are provided “as is”.

GoSumItUp hereby disclaims all warranties and conditions with regard to this information, including all implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for any particular purpose, title and non-infringement.

In any event, GoSumItUp shall not be liable to any party for any direct, indirect, special or other consequential damages for any use of the site, the information, or any other hyperlinked website, including, without limitation, any loss of profits, business interruption, loss of programs or other data on your information handling system or otherwise.

Exit mobile version