Q1. What is the purpose of
The Puranas aim to impress on the minds of the
masses the teachings of the Vedas and to
generate in them devotion to God, through concrete examples, myths, stories,
legends, lives of saints, kings, and great men, allegories, and chronicles of
great historical events.
The Darshanas or schools of philosophy of Vedas are
very stiff. They are meant only for the learned few or scholars. The Puranas
are meant for the masses with low intellect. Religion is taught in a very easy
and interesting way through the Puranas. Children
hear the stories from their grandmothers, the general public from Pundits and
Purohits at their religious discourses.
Q2. Which Purana is most
Purana is considered to be the purest and greatest of all the Puranas,
authored by Great Sage Veda Vyasa. It is considered "The Beautiful Story
of God." It invokes devotion towards Lord Vishnu and his various
incarnations, primarily focusing on Krishna.
Vedavyasa felt discontent even after compiling the
Vedas, Puranas, Mahabharata,
So he approached Narada Muni regarding the same. Narada then advised Vyasji to
broadcast the sublime and spotless glories of the Godhead. “That philosophy
which does not satisfy the transcendental senses of the Lord is considered
worthless," Narada told him. Therefore on being advised, Vyasji meditated
and the Bhagavata was manifest to him.
Q3. Which is the first
The Matsya Purana
is the oldest and best preserved Puranic genre of Sanskrit
literature in Hinduism. The text is a Vaishnavism text
named after the half-human and half-fish avatar of Vishnu. Although Shaivism
works, it is not exclusively so. It simultaneously praises various Hindu Gods
and Goddesses. The Matsya Purana has 291 chapters and 14000 verses.
A history written with five characteristics is
called a Purana, states Matsya Purana, otherwise, it is called Akhyana. These
are - cosmogony, secondary creations wherein the universe goes through the
cycle of birth-life-death, genealogy and mythology of gods, Manvantaras, and
legends of kings and people including solar and lunar dynasties.
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