The Puranas are the richest collection of
mythology in the world. There are eighteen major
Puranas and a few minor ones.
Each of these Puranas is a book of hymns, stories,
knowledge and instructions regarding sacred rituals and
the way life should be led. It contains cosmic knowledge
and how the universe affects our living.
most important Puranas are the Vishnu Purana,
Shiva Purana and Markendaya Purana (to the
Goddess). The Bhagavata Purana is important to the
worshippers of Krishna. Other Puranas are the
Vayu, Agni, Skanda, Kalki, Linga. Major 18 Puranas are
It contains information regarding the various
incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
Bhagavata: It contains information on the
practice of Bhakti Yoga, which helps in the realization
Bhavishya: It contains information on the fact
that past repeats itself in future. It is also called
the Book of Prophecies.
Brahma: It contains information about the
beginning of universe and cosmos.
Brahmanda: It contains the Lalitha Sahasranamam,
a text recited as a prayer.
Brahmavaivarta: It describes the creation and
purpose of life and the deeds of different Gods like
Ganesha, Krishna, etc.
Garuda: It contains information about what
happens after a person dies and kind of treatment he
gets for his deeds on earth. It is similar to the
concept of Judgment Day in Christianity.
Harivamsa: It contains information on the life of
Kurma: It contains information on the avatar of
Lord Vishnu as a tortoise that came to be known as the
Linga: It contains information on the importance
of the holy Linga and the origin of the Universe.
Markandya: It contains the dialogue between two
ancient sages, Jamini and Markandya.
Matsya: It describes the first avatar of
Lord Vishnu as a fish.
Narada: It contains the description of major
Padma: It contains information on the essence of
religion and cosmos.
Shiva: It is completely dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Skanda: It is probably the longest Purana of all.
It is dedicated to the life of Lord Shiva and Parvati's
Vamana: It contains information regarding the
Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu.
Vayu: It is dedicated to the Wind God, Vayu.
Vishnu: It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
The Puranas are a combination of
mythology and history . They are essentially narrative
accounts of various gods, sages and ancient kings of
immense repute.They also describe the process of
creation and the struggle between the good and evil
forces of the universe.