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Puranas


Agni Purana 6

Preliminaries 6

Avataras 6

The Fish 6

The Turtle 7

The Boar 7

Half-Man, Half-Lion 8

The Dwarf 8

Parashurama 9

Rama 9

The Mahabharata 10

The Harivamsha 11

Buddha And Kalki 13

Creation 13

How To Pray, How To Build Temples And Idols 13

Places Of Pilgrimage 14

Geography 15

Astrology 15

Manvantaras 15

Varnashrama Dharma 16

Sins And Their Atonement 16

Vratas 17

Narakas (Hells) 18

Giving Alms 18

Gayatri Mantra 19

The King 19

Dreams 20

Omens and Signs 21

Battle 22

Rama Precepts 22

Dhanurveda 22

Property 23

Donating the Puranas 23

Dynasties 24

Medicine 25

Destruction 25

Yama And Hell 25

Yoga 25


Literature And Grammar 26

The Knowledge Of The Brahman 27

The Gita 29

Brahma Purana 30

Preliminaries 30

More Creation 30

Daksha's Offspring 31

Prithu 32

Manvantaras 33

The Sun and the Solar Dynasty 33

Vaivasvata Manu's Children 34

Kubalashva 34

Trishanku 35

Sagara 35

The Moon and the Lunar Dynasty 36

Yayati 37

Geography 37

Konaraka 38

Indradyumna and Purushottama Kshetra 39

Markandeya 41

King Shveta 41

Vali 42

Goutama 42

The Doves 43

Garuda and Maninaga 44

Vishvamitra and Indra 44

Shveta 44

Kubera 45

Harishchandra 45

Vriddhagoutama 46

Pippalada 47

Nageshvara 48

Brahma’s Head 49

The Owl and the Dove 50

The Hunter 50

Goutama and Manikundala 51

Kandu 52

Varnashrama 52

The Chandala and the Brahmarakshasa 53

Kurma Purana 54

Indradyumna 54

Varnashrama Dharma 54

Creation 55

A Digression on Time 55

The Boar Incarnation 57

Creation continued 57

Rudra 58

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva 58

Parvati’s Thousand Names 59

The Line of Uttanapada 63

Daksha’s Story 63

Hiranyakashipu 66

Hiranyaksha 66

A Digression on Goutama 67

Vana 68

Andhaka 68


Vali 68

Durjaya and Urvashi 69

The Solar Dynasty 69

The Lunar Dynasty 70

The Eras 70

Krishna’s Tapasya 71

Lingas 71

Geography and Astronomy 72

Manvantaras 72

Vedavyasa 73

Shiva’s Incarnations 74

The Ishvara Gita 74

Rituals 75

The Sita who was an Illusion 76

Nandi 77

Epilogue 77

Shiva and Brahma 78

Padma Purana 79

Shivasharma 79

Indra 80


Somasharma 80

Suvrata 81

Bala 81

Vritra 82



The Maruts 82

Sunitha 83

Vena 84

Prithu 85


Sukala 85

Sudeva 86

The Male Pig 87

The Female Pig 87

Ugrasena 88

The Female Pig Again 88

Back to Sukala 89

Pippala 90

Sukarma 90

Yayati 91

Chyavana 92

Divyadevi 92

Samujjvala’s Account 93

Vijjvala’s Account 95

Suvahu 95

Kapinjala’s Story 96

Shiva and Parvati 96

Hunda 97


Vihunda 97

Kunjala 98

The Daughters of the Gandharvas 98

Vikundala 99

The Puranas 100

Dandaka 100

The Rat 101

Shridhara 101

Lilavati 101

Lakshmi Vrata 102

Dinanatha and Vishvamitra 103

Chitrasena 103

Bhima 103

Hemaprabha 104

Vamana Purana 105

Shiva And Parvati 105

Brahma’s Triumph 105

Epilogue 106

Shiva And Vishnu 107

Daksha’s Yajna 107

The Burning Of The God Of Love 107

Nara And Narayana 109

Andhaka 110

Prahlada 111

Mahishasura 112

Sukeshi 113

A Digression On Agastya And The Vindhya Mountains 114

Mahishasura Again 114

Samvarana and Tapati 115

Uma 116


Tirthas 117

Vena 117

Vali 117

Shiva and Uma’s Marriage 119

Vinayaka’s Birth 120

Shumbha and Nishumbha 120

Andhaka Again 122

Kartikeya 122

Mura 123

Danda 123

Andhaka’s Defeat 124

Indra and the Maruts 125

Dhundhu 125

The Early History of Pururava 126

Varaha Purana 128

Creation 128

Brahma’s Creation 128

Narada 129

Ashvashira 129

Raivya and Vasu 130

Vasu 130

Raivya 131

Vaishnavi Devi 131

Rudrani and Ruru 133

Kapalika Vrata 133

Satyatapa 133

Shveta and Vinitashva 134

The story of the Earth’s Rescue 134

Pleasing Vishnu 135

Respects to the Dead 136

Durjaya 136

Tithis 136

Pratipada 137

Dvitiya 137

Tritiya 137

Panchami 138

Chaturthi 138

Saptami 139

Shashthi 140

Ashtami 140

Navami 141

Dashami 141

Ekadashi 141

Chaturdashi 141

Amavasya 141

Trayodashi 141

Dvadashi 142

Purnamasi 142

Vratas 142

Visnu Purana 144

Maitreya and Parahsara 144

Lakshmi 145

The Kings Vena and Prithu 147

The Prachetas 148

The Story of Prahlada 149

Priyavrata and Bharata 150

Some Geography 150

Some Astronomy 151

The story of Jadabharata 152




Agni Purana


This is what the Agni Purana has to say

Preliminaries


In the forest that is known as naimisharanya, Shounaka and the other rishis (sages) were performing a yajna (sacrifice) dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. Suta had also come there, on his way to a pilgrimage.

The sages told Suta, “We have welcomed you. Now describe to us that which makes men all-knowing. Describe to us that which is the most sacred in the whole world”.

Suta replied, “Vishnu is the essence of everything. I went to a hermitage named Vadrika with Shuka, Paila and other sages and met Vyaadeva there. Vyasadeva described to me that which he had learnt from the great sage Vashishtha, Vashishtha having learnt it from the god Agni himself. The Agni Purana is sacred because it tells us about the essence of the brahman (the divine essence). I learnt all this from Vyasadeva and I will now tell you all that I have learnt.”




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