Purana

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Purana One of a class of sacred Hindoo poetical works in the Sanskrit language which treat of the creation, destruction, and renovation of worlds, the genealogy and achievements of gods and heroes, the reigns of the Manus, and the transactions of their descendants. The principal Puranas are eighteen in number, and there are the same number of supplementary books called Upa Puranas.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Purana One of a class of sacred poetical writings in the Sanskrit tongue, which treat chiefly of the creation, destruction, and renovation of worlds, the genealogy and deeds of gods, heroes, and princes, the reigns of the Manus, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Purana pōō-rä′na one of a class of sacred poetical books in Sanscrit literature, forming with the Tantras the main foundation of the actual popular creed of the Brahmanical Hindus
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Skr. purā, properly. old, ancient, fr. purā, formerly
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sans. purānapurā, ancient.

Usage

In literature:

This name is also met with in the most ancient of the Puranas.
"From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan" by Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
PURANAS, a body of religious works which rank second to the Vedas, and form the basis of the popular belief of the Hindus.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The Epics, the Puranas, and Modern Hindoo Worship.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
The works of middle antiquity such as the Epics, Puranas, and Mahayanist sutras were also not produced by one author.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Then comes the Purana which is called Khilvansa.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
In the Vedantas, in the Puranas, and in old histories, who save Jamadagni, O king, would be Drona's superior?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The number is stated in some Puranas as twenty-two, twenty-four, or even twenty-eight.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
The Dharma or Niranjana of the Sunya Purana seems to be equivalent to Adi-Buddha.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
The Vishnu Purana enjoins all who wish to protect their persons never to be without leather shoes.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
Precisely the same conclusion is pointed to by the contents of the Harivansha and Bhagwat Purana.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
As mentioned by G. W., the Puranas point to the "Sacred Isles of the West" as the elysium of the ancient Hindus, "The White Islands of the West.
"Notes and Queries, Number 206, October 8, 1853" by Various
Most of the Puranas and the Tantras are cast in that form.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
From the Puranas then the stories come.
"Avatâras" by Annie Besant
The law books, the epics, and the Puranas, or ancient legendary histories, also belong to this class.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
The Puranas are referable to different dates between the twelfth and sixth centuries A.D.
"The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies" by Robert Gordon Latham
The most important of these books are called 'Vedas,' 'Shastras,' and 'Puranas.
"Reminiscences" by Hans Mattson
Do you consider the religion of Bhagavat Purana of the East as good as the Christian?
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Interviews" by Robert G. Ingersoll
A third account is given in the Bhagavata Purana.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 10" by Various
So, with the Ramayana and some few Puranas which, however, will be better considered in the next chapter, the Epic period closes.
"India Through the Ages" by Flora Annie Steel
Of this family the Vayu-Purana enumerates 21 kings, and the Matsya-Purana 32 kings.
"The History of Antiquity, Volume IV (of 6)" by Max Duncker
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