Skandapurāṇa V presents a critical edition of Adhyāyas 92-112 from the Skandapurāṇa, with an introduction and annotated English synopsis.
The text edited in this volume includes the extensive myth of Viṣṇu’s manifestation as the Boar (Varāha), who conquers Hiraṇyākṣa and wins back the Earth for the gods; its aftermath, which involves the birth of Varāha’s son Vṛka and Skanda’s finishing of Viṣṇu’s Boar manifestation; Devī’s instructions to the goddesses about donations, fasts and penances; and the continuation of the Andhaka cycle.
The introduction addresses the incorporation of Vaiṣṇava mythology in the text, the composition and revision of Adhyāya 112 in the different recensions, and the Dharmanibandha citations of Devī’s teachings.
Peter Bisschop, Ph.D. (2004), University of Groningen, is Professor of Sanskrit and Ancient Cultures of South Asia at Leiden University. He is the author of several books, including Universal Śaivism: The Appeasement of All Gods and Powers in the Śāntyadhyāya of the Śivadharmaśāstra (Brill, 2018).
Yuko Yokochi, Ph.D. (2005), University of Groningen, is Professor of Sanskrit Literature at the Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University. She is the author of The Skandapurāṇa III (Egbert Forsten / Brill, 2013), The Skandapurāṇa IIB (Brill, 2014) and The Skandapurāṇa IV (Brill, 2018).
All interested in Purana literature, early Saivism and Vaisnavism, Hindu mythology, and the history of Hinduism in general.