What is Shrimad Bhagavat?

Shrimad Bhagavat is a mahāpurāna (monarch amongst religious scriptures), which describes the divine eternal tales of the 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu.  It focuses on the tales of Lord Krishna with emphasis on love towards God and getting rid of grief, attachment and fear.

Shrimad Bhagavat consists of 12 cantos, 335 chapters and 18,000 ślokas (verses) which describe devotion, incarnations of Lord Vishnu and the biographies of great devotees who have followed the path of devotion.

This divine scripture was narrated by the Supreme Lord to Lord Brahma; Lord Brahma narrated it to his son Sage Narad, who in turn narrated it to the great Sage Shri Ved Vyas ji. These narrations were contained in 4 shlokas (known as Chatu Śloki Bhāgavat). Sage Ved Vyas ji elaborated those 4 shlokas into its full form of 12 cantos, 335 chapters and 18,000 shlokas. He then passed this priceless inheritance to his son Shri Shukdev ji who in turn relayed it to King Parikshit.

Shrimad Bhagavat was written by Shri Ved Vyas ji, as the essence of Vedas and Upanishads (the origin of our scriptures) written by our Rishis, were difficult for common people to understand.

Shrimad Bhagavat is therefore written as a conversation between Shri Shukdevji and King Parikshit. It is narrated in the form of a story and a simple, lyrical and symbolic way.

The Importance of Shrimad Bhagavat

Bhagavat not only covers the glory of God and ways of self-liberation, but also provides solutions to our current day-to-day issues, making it an important guide for our conduct in all parts of life. Bhagavat leaves no topic untouched, be it social, political, economic, educational, familial or marital.

Shrimad Bhagavat is capable of giving us knowledge to achieve any result that we desire. It is also the medicine that will cure us of the diseases of the material world such as greed, attachment, anger and pride. In addition, it is the remedy which will prevent us from acquiring faults and strengthen the immunity of our soul.

When Lord Krishna was returning to His abode, His dear friend, Shri Udhavji questioned Him, “Whose refuge will your devotees take and who will guide everyone in your literal absence?” Shri Krishna replied, “Udhav, I will reside in the Shrimad Bhagavat.  This will be my literal form which will guide and provide refuge to all.”

Bhagavat Katha By Pujya Bhaishri

Shrimad Bhagavat Katha by Pujya Bhaishri is normally held for eight days. Pujya Bhaishri narrates the Katha in a story-telling manner and carefully explains the philosophy behind each story. He covers various issues and simplifies them with examples. His unique style of narration, chanting ślokas in rhythmic music, singing stutis and bhajans throughout the Katha makes it a unique devotional experience for all.

Shrimad Bhagavat Katha, like the holy river Ganga, has flowed to all parts of the world with the help of Pujya Bhaishri and touched the lives of millions across the globe. Kathas by Pujya Bhaishri are filled with the elixir of devotion (Bhakti rasa) along with the immense flow of knowledge (Gyan ganga), which the listeners drink in as nectar.

Pujya Bhaishri during Shrimad Bhagavat Katha in the late 1970s.

Topics Covered by Pujya Bhaishri During Bhagavat Katha

Glimpses of Shrimad Bhagavat Katha

Shrimad Bhagavat Katha, Leicester, UK, 2002

Shrimad Bhagavat Katha, Gondiya, India, 2014

Shrimad Bhagavat Katha, Mauritius, 2015