Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 20 Jul 2011 18:38 and updated at 21 Jul 2011 11:24
The table below shows the nouns of Vishnu Purana listed descendingly based on the number of times each noun occurs in the text. The frequency spectrum of each noun showing the number of occurrence of each noun in each book (1, to 6) is also shown.
Vishnu is the most frequent noun. Next comes Brahma. Krishna is ranked 3rd. Indra appears as 5th which indicate the antiquity of Vishnu Purana (compared to Bhagavata Purana) and its closeness to the Vedic period when Indra was worshiped as the primary god. In the four Vedas, Vishnu usually comes below 5th rank (up to 35th rank in Rig Veda; 32nd in Atharva Veda; 24th in Sama Veda; 12th in Sukla Yajur Veda and 6th in Krishna Yajur Veda) where as Indra comes as the first (except in Yajur Veda where Indra is second, next to Agni). Thus Vishnu Purana marks the shift of focus from Indra to Vishnu. The epithets of Vishnu and Krishna also appear as high ranked nouns such as Hari (6th) and Vasudeva (11th).
Vishnu Purana is revealed as a dialog between Maitreya (4th rank) and Parasara (10th rank). Hence they two appear among the high ranked nouns.