Garudapurana, aka: Garuḍapurāṇa, Garuda-Purana; 3 Definition(s)


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Garuḍapurāṇa (गरुडपुराण).—One of the eighteen Mahāpurāṇas. This is believed to be a narration to Garuḍa by Mahāviṣṇu. There are eight thousand ślokas in it. There is an opinion that only the Tārkṣyakalpa is of Viṣṇu. The theme of the Purāṇa is the birth of Garuḍa from Brahmāṇḍa. If this Purāṇa is given as a gift it should be given along with the image of a swan in gold. (Chapter 272, Agni Purāṇa).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Garuḍapurāṇa (गरुडपुराण).—A mahāpurāṇa comprising 19000 ślokas.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 7. 23: 13. 8: Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 6. 23.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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Garuḍapurāṇa (गरुडपुराण) also deals with the science of prosody in its six chapters 207-212. The chapters comprise 5, 18, 41, 7 and 9 verses respectively. The first chapter (207th) describes general introduction of metrics viz. division of metres, gaṇa, trika, guru, laghu etc. Then description of various types of mātrā metres follows. Sama, ardhasama, viṣama and technique of six pratyayas are dealt in third, fourth, fifth and sixth (209-212) chapters respectively.

The interpretation of Garuḍapurāṇa is known for its simplicity. Herein 35 numbers of mātrā metres, 104 numbers of sama, 9 of ardhasama, 12 of viṣama metres are illustrated. The verses are composed in anuṣṭup metre and the description is in the form of conversation between Sūta and Parīkṣita. The Garuḍapurāṇa gives only the description of the characteristics of metres and skips the example of concerned metres.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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