Mahapurana, Mahāpurāṇa, Maha-purana: 5 definitions
Mahapurana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Mahāpurāṇa (महापुराण) refers to one of the two classes of purāṇas.—The Mahāpurāṇas are classified into different categories—Vaiṣṇava, Brāhma, Śaiva etc. in proportion as they accord preferential treatment to Viṣṇu, Brahmā, Śiva and others.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Mahāpurāṇa (महापुराण).—Name of a Purāṇa; महापुराणं विज्ञेयमेकादशकलक्षणम् (mahāpurāṇaṃ vijñeyamekādaśakalakṣaṇam) Brav. P.
Derivable forms: mahāpurāṇam (महापुराणम्).
Mahāpurāṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and purāṇa (पुराण).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Mahāpurāṇa (महापुराण):—[=mahā-purāṇa] [from mahā > mah] n. a gr° Purāṇa, [Mahābhārata]
2) [v.s. ...] Name of the Bhāgavata and Viṣṇu Purāṇas, [Indian Wisdom, by Sir M. Monier-Williams 515.]
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). 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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Full-text (+813): Kurmapurana, Garudapurana, Lingapurana, Skandapurana, Vishnu Purana, Brahmapurana, Naradapurana, Agnipurana, Brahmi, Kumari, Pancalakshana, Vamanapurana, Devi Bhagavata Purana, Surasa, Brahmavaivartapurana, Durga, Indumati, Alamsharman, Upapurana, Praghasa.
Search found 11 books and stories containing Mahapurana, Mahāpurāṇa, Maha-purana, Mahā-purāṇa; (plurals include: Mahapuranas, Mahāpurāṇas, puranas, purāṇas). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
The Brihaddharma Purana (abridged) (by Syama Charan Banerji)
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 5 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 1 - The Śaiva Philosophy in the Śiva-mahāpurāṇa < [Chapter XXXVII - The Śaiva Philosophy in the Purāṇas]
Part 2 - Śaiva Philosophy in the Vāyavīya-saṃhitā of the Śiva-mahāpurāṇa < [Chapter XXXVII - The Śaiva Philosophy in the Purāṇas]
Part 1 - The Literature and History of Southern Śaivism < [Chapter XXXIV - Literature of Southern Śaivism]
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary) (by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja)