Padma-puran [The ancient (history) of Padma]

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Quite a few indigenous performances in Bangladesh are based on a body of texts that seek to establish the worship of Manasā, also known as Padmā, the goddess of serpents. Commonly known as Padmā-purāņ [the ancient (history) of Padmā] or the Manasā-mangal [Wellbeing of Manasā], these texts in rhymed metrical verse were composed mostly from the 15th to the 18th centuries, and are classed under a genre of medieval literature known as the mańgalakābya [“auspicious poetry” or “poems of well-being”]. The Padmā-purāņ relate the struggle between Manasā and the merchant-prince Čhād Saodāgar, who refuses to acknowledge Manasā as a deity. The general scheme of the narrative may be divided into three ‘movements’. The first of these describes the birth of Manasā from…

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Citation: Ahmed, Syed Jamil. "Padma-puran [The ancient (history) of Padma]". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 August 2020 [, accessed 08 December 2023.]

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