Critical Edition of Bhagavata Purana

Petteri Koskikallio petteri.koskikallio at HELSINKI.FI
Mon Oct 2 17:55:06 UTC 2006

Just to add some details to Christophe's clarifying message:

According to the Biblia Impex website the whole series is still 
available (I bought mine through them a few years ago).

Yes, I think Dr. Bharati Shelat is the current Director of the B.J. 
Institute of Learning and Research that published the edition (4 volumes 
in 6 parts). Her address is the following:

Dr. Bharati K. Shelat

B.J. Institute of Learning and Research
Ashram Road
Ahmedabad - 380 009

I have contacted her via Dr. Urmi Shah's e-mail 
(suvikshah at

It is a pity that Harunaga Isaacson's Helsinki paper will not be among 
the articles to be published (in 2007) in the Puranic volume of the 12th 
WSC Proceedings. He simply did not submit it for publication.

Petteri Koskikallio


Christophe Vielle wrote:
> Despite the critics of H. Isaacson (made also in the form of a paper at the
> XIIth World Sanskrit Conference held in Helsinki), the recent critical
> edition of the BhgP that I have here in my office is a very useful one and
> can indeed be purchased through DK Agency or Biblia Impex books.
> The general editor is H.G. Shastri, and the four volumes were issued in
> Ahmedabad, at the B.J. Institute of Learning and Research in 1996-1998.
> (unfortunately I have not the e-mail of Mrs Dr. Bharati K. Shelat who is, I
> think, the director of this Institute and could inform us if the volumes
> are still available).
> Hoping it can help,
> Christophe Vielle
>> I seem to recall that H. Isaacson, now at Hamburg,
>> mentioned these editions during a talk at the University
>> of Chicago at couple of years ago. He might be
>> able to help.
>> During the last few years Biblia Impex in Delhi has
>> succeeded in digging up all sorts of diffcult-to-find
>> odds and ends I've ordered. They might be worth a
>> try as well.
>> Matthew Kapstein
>> (Paris and Chicago)
> On Mon, 2 Oct 2006 14:24:08 +0100
>   Jonathan Edelmann
> <jonathan.edelmann at THEOLOGY.OXFORD.AC.UK> wrote:
>> I am looking to purchase a critical edition of the
>> Bhagavata Purana.
>> Ludo Rocher mentions in his study of the Puranas (1986)
>> that a  critical edition of it may be under way at the
>> University of  Gujerat.  Does anyone know if that
>> happened or is happening?
> I have noted the following publication:
> Keshavram Kashiram Shastree (ed.): The BhAgavata
> mahApurANa (oldest Devanagari version. - Part 1-2. -
> Ahmedabad : Shrimad Vallabh Vishvadharma Samstha, 2002
> But I've not seen it yet. My source was a review in:
> Journal of the Oriental Institute [Baroda]. 52 (2002), p.
> 335-336.
>> I've also heard there is a critical edition of the BP
>> published in  Baroda.  Does anyone have a reference, or
>> know how it can be obtained  (aside from going to
>> Baroda!).
> If it exists, it does not seem to have found its way into
> the libraries. In recent years, some commentaries of the
> Bhagavatam have been published; e.g. Vallabhacarya's Sri
> Subodhini and that of Anandatirtha (ed. by K. T.
> Pandurangi).
> Hope it helps
> Peter Wyzlic
> Dr. Christophe Vielle
> Centre d'Etudes de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud
> Institut orientaliste, Université de Louvain
> Place Blaise Pascal 1
> B - 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
> Tel. +32-(0)10-47 49 54 or 58 (office)/ -(0)2-640 62 66 (home)
> E-mail: christophe.vielle at

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