Reading almost like a travel guide, it celebrates temples
and sites related to Vishnu, Shiva and Devi as it focuses
on places like modern-day Odisha and Rajasthan.
Brimming with insight and told with clarity, this luminous
text is a celebration of a complex mythological universe
populated with gods and mortals, providing readers with .111
opportunities to truly understand Indian philosophy.
But that's not relevant for our purposes. In the Chandogya
Upanishad, there is an instance of the sage Narada approaching
the sage Sanatkumara for instruction. Asked about what he already
knows, Narada says he knows Itihasa and Purana, the Fifth Veda.'
In other words, Itihasa-Purana possessed an elevated status. This
by no means implies that the word Purana, as used in these two
Upanishads and other texts too, is to be understood in the sense of
the word being applied to a set of texts known as the Puranas today.
The Valmiki, Ramayana is believed to have been composed by
Valmiki and the Mahabharata by Krishna Dvaipayana Vedavyasa.
After composing the Mahabharata, Krishna Dvaipayana Vedavyasa
is believed to have composed the Puranas. The use of the word
composed immediately indicates that Itihasa-Purana are 'smriti'
texts, with a human origin. They are not 'shruti' texts, with a divine
origin. Composition does not mean these texts were rendered
into writing. Instead, there was a process of oral transmission,
with inevitable noise in the transmission and distribution process.
Writing came much later.
Pargiter's book on the Puranas is still one of the best
introductions to this corpus.' To explain the composition and
transmission process, one can do no better than to quote him. 'The
Vayu and Padma Puranas tell us how ancient genealogies, tales and
ballads were preserved, namely, by the sutas.' and they describe the
suta's duty ... ' The Vayu, Brahmanda and Visnu give an account on
how the original Purana came into existence. Those three Puranas
say: Krishna Dvaipayana divided the single Veda into four and
arranged them, and so was called Vyasa. He entrusted them to his
four disciples, one to each, namely Paila, Vaisampayana, Jaimini
and Sumantu. Then with tales, anecdotes, songs and lore that had
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