Bhagavata Purana Bibliography

The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, under the direction of Dr. Shrikant Bahulkar and with funding from the Infosys Foundation, has undertaken an initiative to compile a comprehensive, annotated bibliography of research articles and books on the Bhagavata Purana. The bibliography will also include manuscript catalogues and some popular, non-academic publications on the Bhagavata. The initiative employs two full-time researchers, and the resulting bibliography will be freely available online.

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The Bhāgavata Purāṇa Bibliography initiative has been funded initially for a five-year period, beginning January 1, 2019. In its first year of operation, nearly 3,500 hours have been engaged, first in initial planning and then initial collecting of bibliographic entries from numerous online sources and five physical visits. Nearly 5000 bibliography entries have been acquired by the end of 2019. These entries are being classified into 50 categories, ranging from Sanskrit manuscripts, to translations, to “trans-creations” in vernacular languages, to a wide variety of secondary works on the Bhāgavata (including doctoral theses), to a wide range of works documenting Bhāgavata-inspired performative, graphic, and oratory arts.