Mahapurana, aka: Mahāpurāṇa, Maha-purana; 2 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Purana

[Mahapurana in Purana glossaries]

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
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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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[Mahapurana in Sanskrit glossaries]

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
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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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