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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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This is the Brahma Purana in English (translation from Sanskrit), which is one of the eighteen Maha Puranas. The contents of this ancient In...
243,464 words | author: G. P. Bhatt |
The Brahma Purana (Brahma Purāņa) is one of the major eighteen Mahapuranas, a genre of Hindu religious texts. It is divided into two parts...
19,470 words |
The English translation of the Brahmanda Purana, one of the eighteen major puranas and one of the oldest: dataing to at least the 4th-centur...
0 words | author: G.V. Tagare |
The English translation of the Devi Bhagavata Purana. This Sanskrit work describes the Devi (Divine), the Goddess, as the foundation of the ...
545,801 words | author: Swami Vijñanananda |
The Ganesha Purana is a Hindu religious text dedicated to the Hindu deity Ganesha (Gaṇeśa). It is an upapurāṇa that includes many stor...
11,149 words | author: Gregory Baily |
The English translation of the Garuda Purana: contents include a creation theory, description of vratas (religious observances), sacred holi...
245,256 words | author: Manmatha Nath Dutt |
The Garuda Purana (Garuḍa purāṇa) is a smriti Purana (smṛti, Hindu customary law). Its first part contains a dialog between Vishnu an...
19,037 words |
This is a translation of an abridged version of the Garuda Purana. The Garuda Purana is one of the Vishnu Puranas. It is in the form of a di...
34,987 words | author: Ernest Wood |
This is the English translation of the Gautami-Mahatmya, which forms the fourth part of the Brahma-purana. The Gautamimahatmya narrates the ...
127,137 words | author: G. P. Bhatt |
This is the English translation of the Markandeya Purana, one of the eighteen Mahapuranas. The Puranas (purāṇa) are a genre of Hindu reli...
247,181 words | author: Frederick Eden Pargiter |
The Narada Purana (Nārada Purāṇa) is one of the major eighteen Mahapuranas, a genre of Hindu religious texts. It deals with the places o...
18,115 words |
Om auspiciousness. Salutation to the auspicious Ganes'a. Salutation to the venerable Vasudeva Om.
31,992 words | author: Dr. Ved Kumari |
The English translation of the Shiva Purana, one of the eighteen major puranas. Contents include cosmology, mythology, yoga, description of ...
616,585 words | author: J. L. Shastri |
The English translation of the Vishnu Purana. This is a primary sacred text of the Vaishnava branch of Hinduism. It is one of the eighteen g...
287,946 words | author: Horace Hayman Wilson |
The Vishnu Purana (Viṣṇu Purāṇa) is a religious Hindu text and one of the (most important) eighteen Mahapuranas. It is also known as ...
27,616 words |