The Markandeya Purana is a holy Purana and it was written by the great sage Sri Veda Vyasa in Sanskrit, and it is considered as one of the best text among the eighteen puranas. Maharishi Markandeya is still living in this world by doing penance in the Himalayas, and he looks like a young boy, due to the boon given by Lord Shiva.
It tells about the life history of Markandeya Maharishi, about his greatness, his devotion on Shiva and Vishnu, and about his victory over the death god Yama. In this Purana, the great sage Markandeya had narrated to Rishi Jaimini, about the importance of doing penance on the almighty, importance in performing donation and doing good deeds to others.
He also tells about the holiness of the divine mother Shakti Devi, who is also called as Parvati Devi and Durga Devi, to Maharishi Jaimini, and mentions about the significance of Devi, and about the importance of the Devi Mahatmya purana.
The Markandeya Purana is one of the ancient sacred texts in Hinduism. In this Purana, the details about the conversation between Markandeya and the Pandavas are also mentioned. Rishi Markandeya met the holy and the mighty pandavas at the forest during the previous dwaparayuga, and during their exile period, and consoled them by telling good divine stories, and blessed them.
Details about the holiness of Sage Atri and about the chastity of his consort Mata Anusuya Devi are also mentioned in this purana.
Atri is one of the Saptarishi and he was mentioned in the Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharata, and in the holy Puranas. Atri was married to Anusuya Devi, and shewas considered as one among the seven female holy chaste women. Both of them met Lord Rama and Sita in the Tretayuga, and she was also mentioned in various holy texts of Hinduism, and she served as a dutiful wife to her consort Atri, throughout her life.
By reading this holy text Markandeya Purana, we would get sincere bhakti on the almighty, similar to Markandeya, and all of our reasonable needs and wishes would be fulfilled with the blessings of the great Maharishi Sri Markandeya.