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The identity of which text being the real "Srimad Bhagavatam" has often (unfortunately) been a source of tension between Vaishnavas and Shaktas. Vaishnavas claim that the Bhagavata Purana dedicated to Vishnu/Krishna, is the real "Srimad Bhagavatam" whereas the Shaktas claim that the real "Srimad Bhagavatam" is none other than the Devi Bhagavata Purana.

However, it seems that the Bhagavata Purana and the Devi-Bhagavata Purana aren't the only texts to claim themselves to be the real "Srimad Bhagavatam".

Quoting from the "Puranic Records On Hindu Rites And Customs by R C Hazra":

  1. THE BHAGAVATA-PURANA.

The Bhagavata is the most popular of the extant Puranas. It belongs to the Bhagavatas and is divided into 12 Skandhas or books dealing with cosmogony, genealogies, myths, legends etc. It also contains a few chapters on Smrti-matter, viz., Ill, 30 on the results of actions (Karma-vipaka) , VII, 11-13 and XI, 17-18 on the duties of the castes and Asramas, and VII, 14-15 on funeral sacrifices and holy places.

It has been held by the Saktas that the Bhagavata is not a Mahapurana as the Vaisnavas claim. But these Saktas themselves are not unanimous about the indentity of the ‘Bhagavata’ named in the lists of the eighteen Mahapuranas. Some of them say that it is the Kalika-Purana which, on account of its treatment of the birth and exploits of Bhagavati, is called ‘Bhagavata’. Some, again, claim that it is the Devibhagavata. It is, therefore, necessary to see which one is the real Mahapurana.

My questions are:

• Does the Kalika-Purana explicitly state itself to be the "Srimad Bhagavatam"?

• Does the Kalika-Purana make any mention the other two contending Puranas i.e. the Bhagavata Purana and the Devi-Bhagavata Purana (since the Devi-Bhagavata Purana mentions the Bhagavata Purana dedicated to Krishna/Vishnu as an Upapurana as well as the Kalika Purana)

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    next what? ganapati bhagavata, yama bhagavata,rudra bhagavata,saura bhagavata? too many claims for one title 'bhagavata' – Log Tran May 6 at 11:16
  • @LogTran Anything relating to Bhagavan or Bhagavati can be termed as Bhagavata.So no problem in that! – user17294 May 6 at 11:35

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