Brahmanda Purana

Brahmanda Purana, one of the major eighteen Puranas, a Hindu religious text, is considered as the eighteenth Purana in almost all the lists of the Puranas, and it once contained the Aadhyatma Ramayana.

This text deals with the origin of the universe as told by Brahma. In the beginning there was a golden egg and the prapanca (universe with its activities) was formed out of it. Portions of Adhyatma Ramayana, references to Radha and Krsna and the incarnation of Parasurama are included in this. This book contains twelve thousand verses and it is believed to be uttama (best) to give this book as a gift to a Brahmin.

Contents

The Venkateshvara Press, Bombay edition of the Brahmanda Purana consists of two parts, of which the first is further divided into four parts (same as the Vayu Purana): "Prakriya", "Anushanga", "Upodghata" and "Upasamhara". The contents of this four parts are almost same as the extant "Vayu Purana". The second part is styled as the "Lalitopakhyana" (The Narrative of Lalita) and describes the worship of the Goddess Lalita according to the Tantric rites. [Hazra, R.C. (1962). "The Puranas" in S. Radhakrishnan ed. "The Cultural Heritage of India", Vol.II, Calcutta: The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, ISBN 81-85843-03-1, p.255]

The major sections of this Purana include:
*Detailed description of creation of cosmos, discussion about the time as a dimension and details of Kalpa and Yuga.
*Aspects of religious geography and in this context description of Jambudvipa and Bharata-varsha, and certain other locations identified as islands and landmasses like Anudvipa, Ketumaala-varsha.
*Description of certain dynasties like the houses of Bharata, Prithu, Deva, Rishi, and Agni.
*Adhyatma Ramayana with seven parts.
*Describes the vedangas; describes the Adi Kalpa.

Notes

Further reading

*Mani, Vettam. "Puranic Encyclopedia". 1st English ed. New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1975.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Brahmāṇḍa purāṇa — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El Brahmanda puraná es uno de los 18 Puranás (textos sagrados hinduistas) principales. ब्रह्माण्डपुराण, en escritura devánagari. brahmaṇḍapurāṇa, en el sistema IAST de transliteración. En casi todas las listas de… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Purana — En el hinduismo, los Puranas son un género de literatura escrita india (diferente de la literatura oral de los Vedas, más antiguos). purāṇa, en el sistema AITS (alfabeto internacional para la transliteración del sánscrito). पुराण, en escritura… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Purana — Puranic, adj. /poo rah neuh/, n. any of 18 collections of Hindu legends and religious instructions. [1690 1700; < Skt: of old] * * * In Hinduism, an encyclopaedic collection of myth, legend, and genealogy. A Purana traditionally treats five… …   Universalium

  • Devanga Purana — The Devanga puranam describes the Devanga cult, their goddess, rituals and customs. It is included in the Brahmanda Purana; originally written in Sanskrit, it has been translated into Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. Summary of Devanga Purana Lord… …   Wikipedia

  • Bhavishya Purana — Part of a series on Hindu scriptures …   Wikipedia

  • Ganesha Purana — Mahā Gaṇapati ( Great Ganapati ) as shown in the Sritattvanidhi (19th century) is an iconographic form described in the Ganesha Purana …   Wikipedia

  • Bhagavata Purana — Not to be confused with Devi Bhagavata Purana. Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan to shelter his friends from a thunderstorm unleashed by Indra. (Bh. P. X.17) The Bhāgavata Purāṇa (Devanāgarī …   Wikipedia

  • Mudgala Purana — Part of a series on Hindu scriptures …   Wikipedia

  • Naradiya Purana — Part of a series on Hindu scriptures …   Wikipedia

  • Devi-Bhagavata Purana — Not to be confused with Bhagavata Purana. An article related to Hinduism …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.