Shri Hari Vijaya Granth: A Marathi Epic on the Life of Lord Vishnu
Shri Hari Vijaya Granth is a Marathi epic poem composed by Shridhar Swami Nagarekar in the 17th century. It narrates the life and deeds of Lord Vishnu, the supreme deity of Hinduism, in 24 chapters and 10,000 verses. The poem is based on various Puranas, Vedas, and other scriptures, and covers Vishnu's incarnations as Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, and Kalki. It also describes his divine attributes, his consort Lakshmi, his devotees, his enemies, and his miracles.
The poem is considered a masterpiece of Marathi literature and a valuable source of religious and historical information. It is also a devotional work that praises Vishnu's glory and grace, and inspires the readers to follow his path of righteousness. The poem is widely read and recited by the followers of the Varkari sect, who worship Vishnu as Vithoba or Panduranga. The poem is also known as Pandurangashtakam or Pandurangastuti.
The poem is available online in PDF format for free download from the Internet Archive[^1^]. The PDF file contains the original Marathi text in Devanagari script, along with an English translation and commentary by Dr. Ramesh M. Dave. The file also has an introduction by Dr. Gajanan Shambhu Sadhale, who edited and published the text in 1984.The poem has been translated into several languages, including Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and English. It has also been adapted into various forms of art, such as drama, music, painting, and sculpture. The poem has influenced many other Marathi poets, such as Eknath, Tukaram, Ramdas, and Moropant. The poem is regarded as one of the gems of Marathi bhakti literature and a treasure of Indian culture.The poem is divided into four parts, corresponding to the four yugas or ages of the Hindu cosmology. The first part deals with the Satya Yuga, the age of truth and purity, and describes Vishnu's incarnations as Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, and Narasimha. The second part deals with the Treta Yuga, the age of sacrifice and virtue, and describes Vishnu's incarnations as Vamana and Parashurama. The third part deals with the Dvapara Yuga, the age of conflict and decay, and describes Vishnu's incarnations as Rama and Krishna. The fourth part deals with the Kali Yuga, the age of darkness and ignorance, and describes Vishnu's incarnations as Buddha and Kalki.The poem also contains many episodes and stor