In 18,000 verses, which are divided into 12 "books", it tells the stories of Vishnu and his avatars , the most famous of whom is Krishna . In the 10th book, which comprises about a quarter of the complete works, the childhood and youth of Krishna are dealt with, who with his charm and beauty casts the shepherd girls ( Gopis ) of his village under his spell. The ecstatic love of these girls for Krishna is a symbol for Bhakti , the mystical longing and love of the soul for God.
The Bhagavatapurana is one of the most famous Puranas . It proclaims Vishnu or Krishna as the highest God. Vishnu is also addressed as Bhagavan , the followers of Vishnu ( Vaishnavas ) are also called Bhagavatas .
In religious ritual theater, the male actors are usually called bhagavata of Brahmin origin. Bhagavata Mela is a religious dance drama in honor of Vishnu, which is only performed in three villages near the southern Indian city of Thanjavur .
- JM Sanyal: The Srimad-Bhagavatam . Vol. II, Third Edition. Munshiram Manoharial Publishers, 1984, p. 127