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ⓘ Purana




Purana
                                     

ⓘ Purana

In the Sanskrit language, purana means story of ancient times. For Hindus, a purana is a scripture that tells what happened in ancient times. Puranas tell about history, ancient Indian traditions, and what Hindus believe.

                                     

1. List of Puranas

Mahapuranas

Mahapurana means Great Story of Ancient Times in Sanskrit.

  • Harivamsa 16.000 verses; more often considered itihāsa
  • Skanda 81.100 verses
  • Bhavishya 14.500 verses
  • Linga 11.000 verses
  • Brahmanda 12.000 verses; includes Lalita Sahasranamam, a text some Hindus recite as prayer
  • Brahma 24.000 verses
  • Bhagavata 18.000 verses
  • Shiva 24.000 verses
  • Kurma 17.000 verses
  • Vishnu 23.000 verses
  • Markandeya 9.000 verses; includes Devi Mahatmyam, an important text for Shaktas
  • Padma 55.000 verses
  • Vayu 24.000 verses
  • Vamana 10.000 verses
  • Brahmavaivarta 18.000 verses
  • Varaha 10.000 verses
  • Agni 15.400 verses
  • Matsya 14.000 verses
  • Garuda 19.000 verses
  • Narada 25.000 verses