The Viṣṇu Purāṇa is a highly authoritative scripture. It is very ancient. The fifth canto therein corresponds to the tenth canto of Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa). In their commentaries on the tenth canto, the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava ācāryas, including Sanātana Gosvāmī, Jīva Gosvāmī and Viśvanātha Cakravartī, often cited verses from the fifth canto of Viṣṇu Purāṇa, especially when Śukadeva skipped some detail in his narration. The fifth canto of Viṣṇu Purāṇa is the longest of its six cantos, with thirty-eight chapters. The speaker of Viṣṇu Purāṇa is Parāśara Muni, the father of Vyāsa. The Purāṇa is in fact a long conversation between Parāśara Muni and Maitreya Ṛṣi. The narrations of Lord Krishna activities are fully presented in this volume.
Translated by Gaurapad Dasa.