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Saura/Surya Purana

Saura /Surya  Purana is a Upapurāṇa depicting Śaivism.—In most of the lists [of upapurāṇas] in the fifteenth place, there is the mention of one Saura,

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Aadi Purana

Aadi Purana was composed by Jinasena (a Digambara Monk) as a Sanskrit poem praising the life of first Tirthankara, Rishabhanatha. According to Jain tradition, it

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Satatapa Smriti

Satatapa/Satyatapa was a sage mentioned in Varhapurana who was earlier a hunter. The main concept of this Smriti is- ‘Whether brief or detailed, if karma

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Parashara Smriti

According to the Puranic genealogy, Parashar Rishi is actually the grandson of Brahmarishi Vasishth and therefore, a great-grandson of the Creator-god Brahma. He is also

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Vishnu Purana

23,000 verses. One of the most studied and circulated Puranas, it also contains a controversial genealogical details of various dynasties. Better preserved after the 17th

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Vayu Purana

24,000 verses. Possibly the oldest of all Maha Puranas. Some medieval Indian texts call it Vayaviya Purana. Mentioned and studied by Al Biruni, the 11th

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Varaha Purana

24,000 verses. Primarily Vishnu-related worship manual, with large Mahatmya sections or travel guide to Mathura and Nepal. Presentation focuses on Varaha as incarnation of Narayana

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Skanda Purana

81,100 verses. Describes the birth of Skanda (or Karthikeya), son of Shiva. Being the longest Purana, it is an extraordinarily meticulous pilgrimage guide, containing geographical

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Padma Purana

55,000 verses. A large compilation of diverse topics. The north Indian manuscripts of Padma Purana are very different than south Indian versions, and the various

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Narada Purana

25,000 verses. Also called Naradiya Purana. Discusses the four Vedas and the six Vedangas. Dedicates one Chapter each, from Chapters 92 to 109, to summarize

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Matsya Purana

14,000 verses. An encyclopedia of diverse topics. Narrates the story of Matsya, the first of ten major Avatars of Vishnu. Likely composed in west India,

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Markandeya Purana

9,000 verses. Describes Vindhya Range and western India. Probably composed in the valleys of Narmada and Tapti rivers, in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Named after sage

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Linga Purana

11,000 verses. Discusses Lingam, symbol of Shiva, and origin of the universe. It also contains many stories of Lingam, one of which entails how Agni

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Garuda Purana

19,000 verses. An encyclopedia of diverse topics. Primarily about Vishnu, but praises all gods. Describes how Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma collaborate. Many Chapters are a

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Brahmavaivatra Purana

17,000 verses. Discusses Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha, Devis, Vishnu, Krishna and Radha. Primarily mythology, love and seduction stories of gods and goddesses. Mentions geography and rivers

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Brahmanda Purana

It has 12,000 verses. One of the earliest composed Puranas, it contains a controversial genealogical details of various dynasties. Includes Lalita Sahasranamam, law codes, system

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Brahma Purana

10,000 verses. Sometimes also called Adi Purana, because many Maha Puranas lists put it first of 18. The text has 245 Chapters, shares many passages

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Bhagavata Purana

18,000 verses. The most studied and popular of the Puranas, telling of Vishnu’s Avatars, and of Vaishnavism. It contains a controversial genealogical details of various

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Agni Purana

Agni Purana has 15,400 verses. Contains encyclopedic information. Includes geography of Mithila (Bihar and neighbouring states), cultural history, politics, education system, iconography, taxation theories, organization

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