- any of 18 collections of Hindu legends and religious instructions.
Origin of Purana
Examples from the Web for purana
"The light of the day takes refuge in their bosoms," as the Purana says of the ocean.Excursions and Poems
Henry David Thoreau
The Linga Purana tells us that the linga was a pillar of fire in which Siva was present.Bible Studies
Joseph M. Wheeler
But the author of the Purana denies that this was done in anger.Ten Great Religions
James Freeman Clarke
Four bridges crossed the Musi, the most notable of which was the Purana Pul, of 23 arches, built in 1593.
The word "Purana" means "old," and in ancient Sanscrit writings it has the same meaning as our "cosmology."
- any of a class of Sanskrit writings not included in the Vedas, characteristically recounting the birth and deeds of Hindu gods and the creation, destruction, or recreation of the universe
Word Origin and History for purana
ancient Sanskrit writings of a legendary character, 1690s, from Sanskrit puranah, literally "ancient, former," from pura "formerly, before," cognate with Greek paros "before," pro "before," Avestan paro "before," Old English fore, from PIE *pre-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per). Related: Puranic.