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.