Besides the eighteen Maha-Puranas, there are another set of the Purans known as upa-Puranas, which are more sectarian in nature. The , which extols the goddess , has become along with the Devi Mahatmya of the Markandeya Purana a basic text for worshipers. The Knowledge and spiritual realisations obtained by their sadhana remain recorded in the respective Puranas. The same is available in the Sanskrit as Upamanyu Bhaktavilasa. It is also notable for its verses extolling Buddha in chapter 1. If you wish to reuse content on this site, I have prepared a short form below to fill out and request it.
It is not possible to set a specific date for any Purana as a whole, states. Sometimes Lord Siva is belittled. On the contrary, every Purana dwells at length on one or more particular subjects and in some, five primary topics- 1 Primary creation or cosmogony 2 Secondary creation 3 genealogy of gods and patriarchs 4 reigns of the Manus 5 history of the solar and lunar dynasties. Hence, the Puranas are of special value as they present philosophical truths and precious teachings in an easier manner. There are eighteen main Puranas and an equal number of subsidiary Puranas or Upa-Puranas The 18 main Puranas are: Upa-Puranas The 18 Upa-Puranas are:Sanatkumara, Narasimha, Brihannaradiya, Sivarahasya, Durvasa, Kapila, Vamana, Bhargava, Varuna, Kalika, Samba, Nandi, Surya, Parasara, Vasishtha, Devi Bhagavatam, Ganesa and Hamsa.
For the Puranas and Upapuranas- we get their names in the Devi Bhagavata Purana. There are eighteen main Puranas and an equal number of subsidiary Puranas or Upa-Puranas. The most popular is the Srimad Bhagavata Purana. There are many Vyasas, Vyasa means prose,. The religious practices included in them are considered Vaidika congruent with Vedic literature , because they do not preach initiation into Tantra.
University of South Carolina Press. It also contains a controversial genealogical details of various dynasties. They are comparatively later in date having as well some historical background. There are also what are called , some of them part of the Puranas mentioned above and some existing independently. The encyclopedic sections discuss subjects such as the six Vedangas, Moksha, Dharma, Adhyatma-jnana monastic life , Pashupata philosophy, a secular guide with methods of worship of Ganesha, various avatars of Vishnu Mahavishnu, Nrisimha, Hayagriva, Rama, Krishna , Lakshmana, Hanuman, goddesses such as Devi and Mahalakshmi, as well as Shiva. They include among many: Sanat-kumara, , Brihan-naradiya, Siva-rahasya, Durvasa, , Vamana, Bhargava, Varuna, , , Nandi, Surya, Parasara, Vasishtha, Devi-Bhagavata, , , and Hamsa, with only a few having been critically edited. They have been influential in the , inspiring major national and regional annual festivals of Hinduism.
It recognized that the extent of the genuine Agni Purana was not the same at all times and in all places, and that it varied with the difference in time and locality. The text is also significant because it relates to Ganesha, who is the most worshipped god in Hinduism, and revered as the god of beginnings by all major Hindu traditions, namely Shaivism, Vaishnavism, Shaktism and Smartism. Includes discussion of various philosophies, soteriology, planets, astronomy, myths and characteristics of major deities including Vishnu, Shiva, Devi, Krishna, Rama, Lakshmi and others. This paucity tempted 19th-century scholars to use the Puranas as a source of chronological and historical information about India or Hinduism. The Ganesha and Mudgala Puranas are devoted to. A portion of the Markandeya Purana is well known to all Hindus as Chandi, or Devimahatmya.
The Puranas play a vitally important role in the construction of contemporary Hinduism for it is in these works that many of the stories and concepts central to Hindu dharma are to be found. The object of the Matsya Avatara was to save Vaivasvata Manu from destruction by a deluge. They helped influence cultural pluralism in India, and are a literary record thereof. Festivals The myths, lunar calendar schedule, rituals and celebrations of major Hindu cultural festivities such as , and are in the Puranic literature. There are also, in addition, a number of minor Puranas. The other Puranas - the Upapuranas other than those referred to as the 'Mahapuranas' are subject to disagreement, usually along sectarian lines. The story of king Jayadhvaja 115 Chapter 34 Magnificence of the worship of god Visnu 121 Chapter 35 Method of performing a lakh and crore Homas and their rewards 126 Chapter 36 Story pertaining to the incarnation of god 128 Chapter 37 Incarnation of Matsya and killing of Madhu and Kaitabha demons 129 Chapter 38 Incarnation of god Visnu as tortoise, shurning of ocean and Visnu's form of enchanting damsel 132 Chapter 39 Incarnation of Varaha, killing of Hiranyaksa 136 Chapter 40 Incarnation of Nrsimha accomplishments of Hiranyaksipu and Praise of gods 137 Chapter 41 Birth of Prahlada, his devotion fro Visnu and anxiety of Hiranyakasipu 142 Chapter 42 An episode of atrocities exercised by Hiranyakasipu on Prahlada 148 Chapter 43 Preaching by Prahlada to Daityas, drown into sea by Hiranyakaisu and apparent perception of god there 151 Chapter 44 Incarnation of Nrsimha and Hiranyakasipu approaching death 160 Chapter 45 An episode on an incarnation of Vamana 163 Chapter 46 Incarnation of Parasurama 167 Chapter 47 Incarnation of Rama, His birth and Marriage 171 Chapter 48 Rama exile, death of king Dasaratha and meeting of Rama with Bharata in the forest 182 Chapter 49 Jayanta punished by Rama, meeting with Sarabhanga, sutiksna and Agastya, Jatayu Killing and meeting with Sabari 194 Chapter 50 Friendship with Sugriva, murder of Bali, Sugriva leniency and his humiliation, search for Sita and 's steps in Lanka 204 Chapter 51 Hanuman entrance into Lanka, meeting with Sita and message to Rama after Lanka burnt into ashes 215 Chapter 52 Rama visit at sea-shore, shelter of Vibhisana, proposal to make him the king of Lanka, Ravana's defeat, slaughter of Kumbhakarna, Meghnada and other monsters, Coronation of Rama etc.
It is an upapurāṇa minor Purana that includes mythology, cosmogony, genealogy, metaphors, yoga, theology and philosophy relating to Ganesha. Thus no Purana has a single date of composition. The study of Puranas manuscripts has been challenging because they are highly inconsistent. Describes cosmology, the world and nature of life from the perspective of Vishnu. There are numerous Sthala Puranas, most written in , some with Sanskrit versions as well. In the final analysis, all Puranas weave their legends to celebrate pluralism, and accept the other two and all gods in Hindu pantheon as personalized form but equivalent essence of the Ultimate Reality called.
The Cultural Heritage of India, Vol. The texts thus appear to be sectarian. They include among many: Sanat-kumara, Narasimha, Brihan-naradiya, Siva-rahasya, , Kapila, Vamana, Bhargava, Varuna, Kalika, Samba, Nandi, Surya, Parasara, , Devi-Bhagavata, Ganesha, Mudgala, and Hamsa, with only a few having been critically edited. Purana Perennis: Reciprocity and Transformation in Hindu and Jaina Texts. This is true for all Mahapuranas and Upapuranas.