Puranic literature: 1 definition
Puranic literature 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)
The Puranic literature gives a huge contribution in the development of Indian literature and it is regarded as the vast genre of Indian literature which comprises a wide range of subject matters such as Astrology, Astronomy, Medicine, Cosmology, Theology, Philosophy, Literature, Grammar, Art, Architecture, Iconography, etc. All these subject matters are generally depicted through stories and narratives in lucid style in the Puranas. The simplicity of the stories and legends of Puranas always helps the reader get the ideas of different aspects of literature very easily.
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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Search found 8 books and stories containing Puranic literature; (plurals include: Puranic literatures). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Markandeya Purana (Study) (by Chandamita Bhattacharya)
Food and Drink (Introduction) < [Chapter 2]
Vishnudharmottara Purana (Art and Architecture) (by Bhagyashree Sarma)
8(a): Image Making: The Concept < [Chapter 5 - Painting and Image Making]
1. Origin and Development of Temple building < [Chapter 4 - Temple Building]
2.2. (d): Hand Gestures for Daśāvatāra < [Chapter 3 - Drama and Dance]
Lakulisha-Pashupata (Philosophy and Practice) (by Geetika Kaw Kher)
Siva Nataraja < [Chapter 5 - The Mythological Bridge]
Overall Structure and Methodological considerations < [Introduction]
Skanda Purana: Providing the building blocks for Saiva mythology < [Chapter 5 - The Mythological Bridge]
Bhagavatpadabhyudaya by Lakshmana Suri (study) (by Lathika M. P.)
Relation between Jñāna and Bhakti < [Chapter 3 - References to Śaṅkara’s Philosophy]
Lord Hayagriva in Sanskrit Literature (by Anindita Adhikari)
Central Myth (6): Birth of Madhu-Kaiṭabha < [Chapter 3]
Similarities Between Bhavai And Folk Art Forms < [April – June, 1999]
Historicity and Personality of Sri Krishna < [July – September, 1982]
Book Reviews < [July – September, 1994]