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Any of a class of Sanskrit encyclopedic texts containing cosmogonic histories, legends of gods and heroes, and other traditional material.

[Sanskrit purāṇam, from neut. of purāṇa-, old, prehistoric, from purā, of old, formerly; see per in Indo-European roots.]
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(Other Non-Christian Religious Writings) any of a class of Sanskrit writings not included in the Vedas, characteristically recounting the birth and deeds of Hindu gods and the creation, destruction, or recreation of the universe
[C17: from Sanskrit: ancient, from purā formerly]
Puˈranic adj
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(pʊˈrɑ nə)

any of 18 collections of Hindu legends and religious instructions.
[1690–1700; < Skt: of old]
Pu•ra′nic, adj.
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Noun1.Purana - a body of 18 works written between the first and 11th centuries and incorporating legends and speculative histories of the universe and myths and customary observances
Sanskrit literature - Hindu literature written in Sanskrit
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The Vishnu Purana says, "The house-holder is to remain at eventide in his courtyard as long as it takes to milk a cow, or longer if he pleases, to await the arrival of a guest." I often performed this duty of hospitality, waited long enough to milk a whole herd of cows, but did not see the man approaching from the town.
"That is active duty," says the Vishnu Purana, "which is not for our bondage; that is knowledge which is for our liberation: all other duty is good only unto weariness; all other knowledge is only the cleverness of an artist."
Now the 'imagined history and mixture of fact and legend' narrated in the 'Puranas' are becoming history itself.
He even more ambitiously claimed that the conclusions advanced in the introduction and notes were "meant to be binding for the Puranas as a whole and should have both a descriptive function in respect to the extant Puranas as well as predictive capacity regarding the form and contents of any putative future Purana" (p.
Bhagavata-Purana (Sanskrit: "Ancient Stories of the Lord") The most celebrated text of a variety of Hindu sacred literature in Sanskrit known as the Puranas, and the specific text that is held sacred by the Bhagavata sect.
Epics, Khilas, and Puranas: Continuities and Ruptures.
The basic sources of Krishna's mythology are the epic Mahabharata and its 5th-century-AD appendix, the Harivamsa, and the Puranas, particularly Book 10 of the Bhagavata-Purana.
The first Dubrovnik International Conference on the Sanskrit Epics and Puranas was held in August 1997.
The 18 principal surviving Puranas are often grouped loosely according to whether they exalt Vishnu, Siva (Shiva), or Brahma.
Purana Perennis grew out of a conference on the puranas held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in August 1985, a conference of which Velcheru Narayana Rao was the true adhvaryu (dixit David Knipe in his concluding remarks).
One characteristic feature of the Encyclopaedia is that it not only provides references to the Puranas in the text, but that in many cases these references are added in full, in devanagari, at the end of the article.
There he argued most importantly the unusual thesis (which he traces to Mahaprabhu Sri Caitanya, the 15th-century Vaisnava saint) that the Bhagavata Purana is really a commentary on the Brahmasutras, intended to correct earlier intellectualist misinterpretations.