HARIVAMSA – An appendix to the Mahabharata


This appendix to the Mahabharata is said to be authored by Vyasa, as indicated in the Adi Parva (2.83-84) of the Mahabharata. The Harivamsa consists of glo­rifications of Vishnu and has about ten thousand verses. It is a rich source for the myths about the childhood of Krishna, as well as for myths about the Vamana (dwarf) and Narasimha (man-lion) incarnations of Vishnu.

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