from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a class of Sanskrit encyclopedic texts containing cosmogonic histories, legends of gods and heroes, and other traditional material.
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- proper n. Name of an ancient Indian genre (or a group of related genres) of Hindu or Jain literature (as distinct from oral tradition). They are primarily post-Vedic texts containing a narrative of the history of the Universe, from creation to destruction, genealogies of the kings, heroes and demigods, and descriptions of Hindu cosmology, philosophy and geography.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
Purana, _ incorporating, however, a few important details and passages either not given in this text but included in the _Vishnu Purana_ or if given, not so vividly expressed.
Jwalapuram, for example, is an ancient type of Indian geological formation known as a Purana basin, which contains highly fertile soil and abundant freshwater springs protected from contamination by the surface ash.
Inspector Edwards said Purana, which is also working with the ACC, was using financial experts to track the dealings of suspected criminal identities and their business associates, although such investigations were "complex and lengthy" and could take years to complete.
Noah and his three sons, in his "Purana," under the designation of
"Sauti said, 'This history (first) recited by Krishna-Dwaipayana, is called a Purana by the Brahmanas.
Christo "(Rachol, 1649);" Purana ", a collection of poems written in the Indian language, illustrating the chief mysteries of
Recently, my husband and I braved New Delhi's thick Saturday night traffic to take our seats on the grounds of the Purana Qila, a Mughal-era fort.
The Bhagavata Purana says that men and women have lived on earth for a vast period of time called the Day of Brahma, which is composed of a thousand yuga cycles.
The Bhagavat Purana is full of stories of individuals who were ready to forgive the perpetrator for even the most grievous of offenses.
The mood of a practitioner described by Jesus is identical to descriptions in the Gita and the Bhagavat Purana.