Brahmapurana, Brahmapurāṇa, Brahma-purana, Brahman-purana: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study (dharma)

Brahmapurāṇa (ब्रह्मपुराण) should be donated (dāna) on the fourteenth tithi according to the Dharmaśāstra taught in the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, the donation of the various Purāṇas to various recipients on different tithis along with the merits thereof are given in the ninth chapter.—[...] It is stated that if a person donates the Brahmapurāṇa with devotion to a Brahmin devotee of Śiva on the fourteenth tithi gets release from all sins.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Brahmapurāṇa (ब्रह्मपुराण).—(brāhmapurāṇa) This is a great book of twenty-five thousand verses taught to the great hermit-sage Marīci by Brahmā. It is mentioned in Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 271, that if a copy of this book is taken and offered to a Brahmin on the full moon day of the month of Vaiśākha with cow and water, the giver will attain heaven.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Brahmapurāṇa (ब्रह्मपुराण).—The Purāṇa containing 10, 000 stanzas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 104. 6.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Brāhmapurāṇa (ब्राह्मपुराण).—Also Brāhmam; one of the eighteen mahāpurāṇas; comprises 10,000 ślokas;1 with 30,000 ślokas; he who writes this and makes a gift of it in the Vaiśāka, Full Moon day, attains Brahmaloka;2 the First purāṇa.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 7. 23; 13. 4.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 53. 13; 290. 17.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 6. 20.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Oxford Reference: A Dictionary of Hinduism

Classified as one of the eighteen ‘great Purāṇas’ (mahāpurāṇas) in the rājasa group, i.e. those said to relate to Brahmā, much of it actually seems to relate to the worship of Kṛṣṇa (as Jagannātha) in Orissa; it also contains Śaiva, Vaiṣṇava, and Saura oriented material. Despite one of its names, it is a relatively late text, which borrows heavily from other Purāṇas and the Harivaṃśa.

Source: Shodhganga: Introduction to Purāṇas

The Brahmapurāṇa is the first of the eighteen Purāṇa. The Brahmapurāṇa may be regarded as the earliest of the series, at least in the estimation of the writers of the Purāṇa. According to Balambhaṭṭa, it is consequently known by the name of Ādi or First Purāṇa. It is said to contain 245 adhyāyas and twentyfive thousand verses. Dr. Wilson opines that the actual number is about seven thousand five hundred.

The verses of the Brahmapurāṇa, forming an address to Hari and puruṣottama, clearly declare its sectarial character and indicate it to be a Vaiṣṇava work. It does not figure in the list of Vaiṣṇavapurāṇas as given by the Padmapurāṇa but is referred to in the Śākta class, in which the worship of Śakti, the personified female principle, is more particularly inculcated, and in which Rajas (passion) is predominant.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

The Brahma Purana (ब्रह्म पुराण) is one of the eighteen major Puranas genre of Hindu texts in Sanskrit language. Another title for this text is Saura Purana, because it includes many chapters related to Surya or the Sun god. It is divided into two parts: the Purvabhaga (former part) and the Uttarabhaga (later part)

The text is notable for dedicating over 60% of its chapters on description of geography and holy sites of Godavari river region, as well as places in and around modern Odisha, and tributaries of Chambal river in Rajasthan. This travel guide-like sections are non-sectarian, and celebrates sites and temples related to Vishnu, Shiva, Devi and Surya. The coverage of Jagannatha (Krishna, Vishnu-related) temples, however, is larger than the other three.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Brahmapurāṇa (ब्रह्मपुराण).—Name of one of the eighteen Purāṇas.

Derivable forms: brahmapurāṇam (ब्रह्मपुराणम्).

Brahmapurāṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms brahman and purāṇa (पुराण).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Brahmapurāṇa (ब्रह्मपुराण).—[neuter] T. of Purāṇa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Brahmapurāṇa (ब्रह्मपुराण) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—styled also ādipurāṇa Io. 647. 1314. Oxf. 17^b. 20^a. Paris. (B 24. Tel. 17 Uttarakhaṇḍa). L. 1182. Khn. 28. K. 26. B. 2, 14. Report. V. Bih. 187. 188. Kāṭm. 2. Rādh. 39. Oudh. Viii, 4. Xv, 20. Np. V, 10. Burnell. 189^a. Bhk. 13. Poona. Ii, 223. Oppert. Ii, 4770. Rice. 72. Sb. 229. Mentioned in Kūrmapurāṇa Oxf. 8^a, in Vāmanapurāṇa Oxf. 45^b, in Varāhapurāṇa Oxf. 59^a, in Revāmāhātmya Oxf. 65^a, in Devībhāgavatapurāṇa Oxf. 79^b. Hemādri in Pariśeṣakhaṇḍa 1, 1552. 1553. 1556 quotes an Ādya Brahmapurāṇa. Brahmapurāṇe Ṛṣipañcamīvrata. Sb. 130.
—Kalāhastimāhātmya. Burnell. 189^a.
—Kodaṇḍamaṇḍana. Burnell. 189^a.
—Godāvarīmāhātmya. Poona. 551.
—Gautamīgaṅgāmāhātmya. Bhk. 14.
—Gautamīmāhātmya. Burnell. 189^a. Poona. 457.
—Campāṣaṣṭhīvratakathā. Peters. 1, 115.
—Nāsikopākhyāna i. e. Nāciketopākhyāna. Khn. 28.
—Puruṣottamamāhātmya. Khn. 28.
—Prayāgamāhātmya. Burnell. 189^a. Bhr. 553.
—Kṣetrakhaṇḍe Mallārimāhātmya. Khn. 28.
—Māyāpurīmāhātmya. Bhk. 15.
—Rāmasahasranāman. Paris. (D 5).
—Lalitākhaṇḍa. Khn. 28.
—Lalitopākhyāna. Khn. 30. Burnell. 189^a.
—Veṅkaṭagirimāhātmya. Burnell. 189^a. Taylor. 1, 59.
—Śrīraṅganāthamāhātmya. Burnell. 189^a. Bhr. 554.
—Śvetagirimāhātmya. Burnell. 189^a.
—Sarasvatīstotra. Tu7b. 11.
—Hastigirimāhātmya. Kh. 32. Burnell. 189^a.

2) Brahmapurāṇa (ब्रह्मपुराण):—Stein 205. Brahmapurāṇe Karmavipākasaṃhitā. Stein 84.
—Gautamīmāhātmya. Fl. 22. Peters. 4, 13.
—Mallārimāhātmya. [Bhau Dāji Memorial] 86. Peters. 4, 14.
—Mārtaṇḍamāhātmya. Stein 205.

3) Brahmapurāṇa (ब्रह्मपुराण):—Ulwar 805.

Brahmapurāṇa has the following synonyms: Ādipurāṇa.

4) Brahmapurāṇa (ब्रह्मपुराण):—As p. 122. Bc 192 (Uttarakhaṇḍa). Cs 4, 54 (inc.). Io. 647. 1314 (both Pūrvakhaṇḍa). 2845 ([fragmentary]). Tod 12 (not quite finished). Brahmapurāṇe Gautamīmāhātmya. Io. 2549. 2677.
—Janmāṣṭamīvrata. L.. 232.
—Budhāṣṭamīvrata. Cs 2, 261. 603.
—Bhāratavarṣavivaraṇa. Cs 4, 55.
—Maṇimaṇḍapamāhātmya. Io. 2618. No. 3409.
—Lakṣmīsahasranāman. L.. 233. 234, 3 (inc.). Peters. 5, 195.
—Sūryacandraparvakathā. L.. 1235.
—Hastigirimāhātmya (Adhyāyāḥ 1-15). Winternitz Catal. p. 238.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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