Mahapurana, Mahāpurāṇa, Maha-purana: 3 definitions

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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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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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.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: 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.]

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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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