The Kalikapurana is one of the important Upa-puranas.
This Purana is also known as Kalipurana. Kalikapurana
is extensively quoted by the Smrtinibandha-Karas of Assam,
Bengal and Mithila. Internal and external evidences show
that this work was composed in or around Kamarupa le €.
Assam in tenth or eleventh century A.D. These aspects will
be dealt with in a separate volume proposed to be published
as "Studies in the Kalikapurana."
The present edition of Kalikapurana is based on the
Calcutta edition of Pt. Pafichanana Tarkaratna and two sets
of manuscripts collected in Assam. The two manuscripts are
almost identical. No major or substantial difference iS
noticed. For preparing the text of the present edition the
text of the two manuscripts are minutely compared with the
text of the Calcutta edition. The readings which appear to
he more reasonable and correct are accepted and the variant
readings are given at the foot note. Variant readings due to
scribing mistake are ignored. Variation such as 4, ag fé are
also not mentioned.
The two manuscripts differ from the printed edition in
arrangement of chapters. Following chapter-division of the
manuscripts the present edition is divided into 90 chapters
instead of 91 or 92 as is found in some editions.
While the printing was in progressI had the opportunity
to compare the text of the present edition with a manuscript
preserved in Gaikawad Oriental Library, Baroda. Photostat
copy of the work from India Library, London was also compa-
red. Variant reading, however, could not be inserted. I propose
to refer to allthe important variant readings in the second
volume "Studies in the Kalikapurina"’ where all aspects of this
Purana are dealt with.
I am gratefull to Pt. Monoranjana Shastri for his advice
and to Prof. Naliniranjan Sharma for his help in preparing the
text of the work.
I am also thankfull to the authority of M/S Chowkhamba
Sanskrit Series Office, Varanasi for bringing out the work to
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