Narada is the most popular of Vishnu’s devotees. The three tales about Narada in the second title are based on the Shiva Purana and some popular legends. The story of Prahlad has been retold from the Bhagawat Purana and the Vishnu Purana.
The Churning of the Ocean is a popular tale found in the Puranas as well as in the two epics. There is some difference, however, regarding the number of the articles which appeared from the ocean of milk. The Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Padma Purana specify the number as nine, while the Bhagawat Purana specifies it as ten, the Vayu Purana as twelve and the Matsya Purana as fourteen. Similarly, there are slight differences regarding the role of the asura, Rahu. This version is derived mainly from the Bhagawat Purana and the Mahabharata. The story of Dhruva is based on the Bhagawat Purana and Ashtavakra is based on the Mahabharata.
Devout Hindus believe that whenever evil is on the ascendant, Vishnu descends on earth to uphold righteousness and destroy evil. The tales of these descents or avatars told in various Puranas have contributed in no small measure to make Vishnu one of the most popular Hindu deities. His worshippers are called Vaishnavas. The Bhagawat Purana, from which the tales in the first title are adapted, abounds with narratives of Vishnu’s benevolent acts.
Devotees of Vishnu contains the following Amar Chitra Katha titles:
Tales of Vishnu
Tales of Narada
Dhruva and Ashtavakra
The Churning of the Ocean
Anant Pai (ed)
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