Padma Purana

It is an encyclopedic text, named after the lotus in which creator god Brahms appeared, and includes large sections dedicated to Vishnu, as well significant sections on Shiva and Shakti. It is one of the voluminous texts, claiming to have 55,000 verses, with the actual surviving manuscripts showing about 50,000. The text includes sections on cosmology, mythology, genealogy, geography, rivers and seasons, temples and pilgrimage to numerous sites in India – notably to the Brahma temple in Pushkar Rajasthan, versions of story of Rama and Sita different than one found in Valmiki's Ramayana, festivals, glorification mainly of Vishnu but also in parts of Shiva and their worship, discussions on ethics and guest hospitality, Yoga, theosophical discussion on Atman (soul), Advaita, Moksha and other topics.


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