The Puranas – Categorized list of the 18 Puranas

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Sattva Purana
Puranas with Lord Vishnu as the Predominating Deity (Sattva Guna):

 

1) #Vishnu Purana – 23,000 verses.
Stories of various devotees; a description of varnasrama; the six angas of the Veda; a description of the age of Kali; description of Sveta-Varaha Kalpa, Vishnu dharmotara.

 

2) #Naradiya Purana – 25,000 verses.
This Purana contains a synopsis of everything; it describes Jagannatha Puri, Dwaraka, Badrinatha, etc.

 

3) #Padma Purana – 55,000 verses.
Contains the glory of Srimad-Bhagavatam; the stories of Rama, Jagannatha, Matsya, Ekadasi, Bhrgu, etc.

 

4) #Garuda Purana – 19,000 verses.
Subject of Bhagavad-gita; reincarnation; visnu-sahasra-nama; description of Tarsya Kalpa.

 

5) #Varaha Purana – 24,000 verses.
Describes different vratas; Lord Vishnu’s glories.

 

6) #Bhagavata Purana – 18,000 verses. (included by some in the mode of goodness)

 

 

Rajasa Purana
Puranas with Lord Brahma as the Predominating Deity (Rajo Guna):

 

7) #Brahmanda Purana – 12,000 verses.
Describes the vedangas; describes the Adi Kalpa.

 

8) #Brahmavaivarta Purana – 18,000 verses.
Contains the glories and pastimes of Radha and Krishna.  #Brahma Vaivarta

 

9) #Markandeya Purana – 9,000 verses.
Stories of Rama and Krishna.

 

10) #Bhavisya Purana – 14,500 verses.
Contains the glories of devotional service; prediction of Lord Chaitanya.

 

11) #Vamana Purana – 10,000 verses.
Contains the story of Lord Trivikrama.

 

12) #Brahma Purana – 10,000 verses.

 

 

Tamasa Purana
Puranas with Lord Shiva as the Predominating Deity (Tamo Guna):

 

13) #Matsya Purana – 14,000 verses.
Temple construction; describes Vamana and Varaha Kalpas.

 

14) #Kurma Purana – 17,000 verses.
Contains the conversation between Krishna and the Sun-god (mentioned in Bhagavad-gita); Danvantari; Describes the Lakshmi Kalpa.

 

15) #Linga Purana – 10,000 verses.
Contains the glory of Lord Nrismhadeva; Janardhana; the story of Ambarisa; the glories of Gayatri.

 

16) #Siva Purana – 24,000 verses.

 

17) #Skanda Purana – 81,000 verses.

 

18) #Agni Purana – 15,400 verses.
Contains the description of Salagrama; Describes the Isana Kalpa.

 

 

Subjects of the Puranas

All these Puranas describe five subjects. The Amarkhosa describes the Puranas as follows:

sargas ca pratisarga ca
vamsa manvantarani ca
vamsanu caritam capi
puranam panca laksanam

1) sarga (creation)
2) pratisarga (recreation)
3) vamsa (history of the sages)
4) manvantara (periods of Manu)
5) vamsanucarita (geneology of kings)

 

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