- any of 18 collections of Hindu legends and religious instructions.
Origin of Purana
Examples from the Web for puranic
In early Puranic times, when Brahmanism was revived and reformed, the worship of goddesses came into prominence.Indian Myth and Legend
Donald Alexander Mackenzie
This story has an uncouth and barbarous air and seems out of place even in Puranic mythology.Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)
- 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 puranic
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.