Author: A S Venugopal
Translator(s): G S Mudambadithaya
Publisher: Bharatha Samskruthi Prakashana
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
A Purana is a form of literature which delineates vedic principles in the form of history, stories, examples, plays and image, in a simple but interesting style so that even common men can understand and enjoy them. The principles are not presented in a mandatory form, but in a simple form just like the advice given by a friend and that is why it is called Mithrasammitha. Great men are of the opinion that a through knowledge of the Puranas is essential to explain the meaning of the Vedas. Ithihasa puranabhyam. Vedam samupa Brhmayeth II
The puranic literature besides telling us about the original creation, the later subsidiary creation, family history, it also describes the evolution of our great culture. The word Purana has the generally accepted meaning old Purana prathna, prathna, purathana chiranthana. Though it is very old, it ever fresh presents to us truths which are universal in nature and these truths are presented to us in a very attractive style. Purapi navam puranam by its setting it is Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Satyam jnanam Anntham Brahma. These are the qualities of God and we wish that these good desires and good intentions get set in us with the blessings of the Lord.