Much of present-day Hinduism finds its roots in the captivating legends found within the Puranas. These ancient texts, originally penned in Sanskrit, form a vast library of knowledge that delves into a wide array of topics, with a particular focus on the captivating tales of Hindu gods and goddesses.
The Puranas came to life in the era following the epic Mahabharata, but they weren’t the work of a single author. As a result, we sometimes stumble upon inconsistencies within these texts. Critics seize upon these contradictions to label Hindu literature as unscientific. However, the full story is more nuanced.
The original Puranas underwent multiple rewritings and potential dilutions during the Islamic rule in India. Consequently, they don’t carry the same weight of authority as texts like the Vedas and Upanishads in shaping Hindu beliefs and practices.
In total, there are 18 Mahapuranas, the major Puranas, and 18 Upapuranas, the minor ones. Each Purana is a heartfelt tribute to a specific deity. For instance, the Shiva Purana unfolds the mesmerizing legend of Lord Shiva, the god of destruction, while the Bhagavata Purana narrates the pivotal role of Lord Vishnu in upholding and harmonizing the cosmic laws of dharma.
Names Of 18 Puranas (PDF Download Links)
|Brahma Purana (ब्रह्म पुराण)
|Markandeya Purana (मार्कण्डेय पुराण)
|Skanda Purana (स्कन्द पुराण)
|Padma Puran (पद्म पुराण)
|Agni Puranas (अग्नि पुराण)
|Vamana Purana (वामन पुराण)
|Vishnu Purana (विष्णु पुराण)
|Bhavishya Purana (भविष्य पुराण)
|Kurma Purana (कूर्म पुराण)
|Shiva Purana (शिव पुराण)
|Brahma Vaivarta Purana (ब्रह्म वैवर्त पुराण)
|Matsya Purana (मत्स्य पुराण)
|Bhagavata Purana (भागवत पुराण)
|Linga Purana (लिङ्ग पुराण)
|Garuda Purana (गरुड़ पुराण)
|Narada Purana (नारद पुराण)
|Varaha Purana (वाराह पुराण)
|Brahmanda Purana (ब्रह्माण्ड पुराण)