Saurapurana, Saurapurāṇa, Saura-purana: 3 definitions

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Saurapurāṇa (सौरपुराण) is an Upapurāṇa depicting Śaivism.—In the most of the lists [of upapurāṇas] in the fifteenth place, there is the mention of one Saura, the repository of all the ends of life or Saura, an extremely wonderful work. It is to be noted that the present Saurapurāṇa calls itself a supplement to the Brahma Purāṇa and says that it deals with the topic connected with Śiva and consists of two Saṃhitās, the first Saṃhitā being declared by Sanatkumāra and the second by Sūrya to Vaivasvata Mau.

The present Saura begins like an independent puranic works and nowhere bears any sign to show that it formed the latter part of a bigger work. So it is evident that Saurapurāṇa. verse 9.13-15 combine two independent Puranic works, viz. the Ādya and the present Saura, as two Saṃhitās forming a complete Puranic work known as Saurapurāṇa.

The present Saurapurāṇa must be distinguished from the earlier Saurapurāṇa. Though the earlier Saurapurāṇa which was called Sāvitra, is described as mahādbhūta, (extremely wonderful) and sarvārthasaṃcaya (a repository of all the ends of life), it does not seem to have been drawn upon by any of Nibandha writers. The earlier Saura was unpopular or was lost and replaced by the present Saura. In the present state of our knowledge we cannot know whether this earlier Saurapurāṇa was a Śaiva, Śakta,Vaiṣṇava or Saura work and what the nature of its contents was. Thus, the extant Saurapurāṇa is an Upapurāṇa but like other Upapurāṇas it styles itself simply Purāṇa not Upapurāṇa.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Saurapurana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Saurapurāṇa (सौरपुराण) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—K. 32. B. 2, 36. Quoted in Smṛtyarthasāra, in Caturvargacintāmaṇi, Kālamādhava etc. See Ādityapurāṇa, Sūryapurāṇa.

2) Saurapurāṇa (सौरपुराण):—Ak 255. As p. 23. Hz. 1224. Io. 2086. No. 3337. Tod 1 (in 65 chapters). Saurapurāṇe Bhavānīstava. L.. 198.
—Śivasahasranāman. L.. 315.
—Śravaṇadvādaśīvratakathā. Ak 246.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Saurapurāṇa (सौरपुराण):—[=saura-purāṇa] [from saura] n. Name of [work]

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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 (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.

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