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Most people are only familiar with the Bhavishya Purana, one of the 18 Mahapuranas (major Puranas) which deals primarily with prophecies about the future. But the Bhavishya Purana also comes with an appendix - the Bhavishyottara Purana, which gets its name because it's sometimes considered to be the Uttara Parva of the Bhavishya Purana, but more often it's considered to be an Upapurana (minor Purana) in its own right. Wikipedia characterizes it as "primarily a handbook of religious rites with a few legends and myths", but the one very important story it has is the Srinivasa Kalyana, the famous story of Venkateshwara (AKA Srinivasa or Balaji) and his marriage to Padmavathi. The Bhavishyottara Purana is in fact one of the main sources of the Venkateshwara story.

So my question is, are there any English translations of the Bhavishyottara Purana? Or if a complete translation isn't available, I'd even settle for a translation of just the Srinivasa Kalyana portion of it. All I've found so far are the following:

  1. This webpage, which claims to translate the first twelve Adhyayas (chapters) of the Srinivasa Kalyana of the Bhavishyottara Purana, but is actually an English translation of this Kannada translation of those Adhyayas of the Bhavishyottara Purana.

  2. The freely available book "Sri Venkatachala - Its Glory" by G. V. Chalapati Rao, which according to this book is a translation of the Venkatachala Mahatmya, the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of the Tirupati temple, written in the fifteenth century by Jiyar Ramanujayyan and consisting of excerpts from various Puranas that discuss Venkateshwara, including presumably the Srinivasa Kalyana of the Bhavishyottara Purana. But there's probably abridgment going on here.

So in both cases, there are multiple layers between the English and the original Sanskrit text. Are there any direct English translations of either the whole Bhavishyottara Purana or just the Srinivasa Kalyana section? I would prefer something that's freely available online. I'd also prefer an unabridged translation, because I want to see the glorious story of Venkateshwara in full detail.

  • are you talking about bhavishya purana? – Yogi Jul 20 '14 at 6:55
  • @Creator I'm talking about the Bhavishyottara Purana. The Bhavishyottara Purana is sometimes considered to be the Uttara Parva of the Bhavishya Purana, and it's sometimes considered to be a separate Purana from the Bhavishya Purana. – Keshav Srinivasan Jul 20 '14 at 7:07
  • I have got a english copy of bhavishya purana it might contain what you want – Yogi Jul 20 '14 at 7:09
  • @Creator Is it an unabridged translation? – Keshav Srinivasan Jul 20 '14 at 7:11
  • Yeah I think so – Yogi Jul 20 '14 at 7:12

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