The first volume has, besides some preparatory coverage, about 90 stories/sub-stories and episodes. I have thought it appropriate to talk about Bhaagavatha’s significance at the beginning of each volume rather than covering it in a single (first) volume, since the introductory details themselves are so extensive to form a book.
Indeed, it is with Vyaasa Muni’s anugraha only the present volume has been completed covering five skandhas, 5 – 9. The famous tenth skandha will of course take the pride of place in a single volume. It is also the longest skandha – accounting for 35% of the total size. As I observed in my first volume, the unseen hand carries your pen through.
In the present two chapters, the ‘unmissable’ dialog between Uddhava and the Lord Himself, reminding one of the ‘Bhagavad Gita’, the Lord leaving to His Abode after ensuring the end of Yaadhavas, Maarkandeya’s unique story based on Lord’s ‘Maaya’, the interesting details of divine weaponry and much more are very gripping to say the least.
The tenth chapter, a single skandha, comprises 90 stories/episodes and accounts for almost 30% of the entire Bhaagavatha Purana. It has episodes related to such well-known characters like Kamsa/Chaanora, Shishupaala/Danthavakra, Narakaasura, Banaasura, Poudraka, Shaalva besides sports like Raaskreeda, and lifting of the Govardhan mountain.