Mahapurana, aka: Mahāpurāṇa, Maha-purana; 2 Definition(s)
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)
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.Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation
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.
Languages of India and abroad
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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)
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 (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
Verse 2.2.164-165 < [Chapter 2 - Jñāna: Knowledge]
Verse 2.2.186 < [Chapter 2 - Jñāna: Knowledge]
Verse 1.1.21-23 < [Chapter 1 - Bhauma: On the Earth]
The Devi Bhagavata Purana (by Swami Vijñanananda)