In addition to consulting the nIlakaNTha commentary,
in preparing the English translation, we have consulted the following
translations of harivamsha.
Translating sacred works like harivamsha from Sanskrit to English is always
a risky and incomplete business. In addition to presenting the text in
Sanskrit along with the translation,
for the benefit of the readers knowledgeable in Sanskrit, the complete
nIlakaNTha commentary is appended to the translation at the end of
We are well aware of the instructions of the birds (shAnti) and sanatkumAra
(udyoga) respectively from the mahAbhArata:
- A prose English translation of Harivamsa
M. N. Dutt
Printed and Published by H. C. Dass, Elysium press, Calcutta,
- Harivamsa Purana
Translator: Bhumipati Dasa, Editor: Purnaprana Dasa
With Sanskrit mUlam and English Translation.
Published by Rasbiharilal and sons, (2005-).
- Harivamsa Purana
The book has Sanskrit verses along with Hindi commentary by Vidyavaridhi
Jwalaprasad Misra of Moradabad (U.P.)
Published by Khemraj Srikrishnadas, Mumbai and first published
in 1897. Latest edition in 2002.
- shrImanmaharShi vedavyAsapraNIta mahAbhAratakhilabhAga harivaMsha
tIkAkAr - paNDit rAmanArAyaNadatta shAstri pANDeya 'rAm'
Gita Press, Gorakhpur. Latest edition in 2006.
- Malayalam translation in verse, by koTu~N~NallUr
First published in 1906. Fifth edition, DCBooks, Kottayam, 2007.
- Malayalam translation in prose by
vidvAn K. prakAsham. First published in 1968. Fourth edition,
Vidyarthimitram, November 2002.
ashraddA paraM pApaM shraddA pApapramocinI
pramAdaM vai mR^ityumahaM bravImi
Nevertheless, inspite of our very rudimentary knowledge of both Sanskrit and
English, we have embarked on this with the sole purpose of enhancing our own
study and understanding of
harivamsha, the khila to mahAbhArata. We are indebted to Shri Desiraju
Rao for motivating us to undertake this attempt.
A. Purushothaman and A. Harindranath