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Importance of Hindu Puranas

Hindu Puranas are a perfect amalgamation of mythology and religious doctrine. They contain stories and teachings based on the principles of Vedas and Upanishads. The roots of many modern day Hindu festivals and rituals can be traced back to the Puranas. Apart from the stories of gods and goddesses in Hindu pantheon, it deals with subjects like the creation of universe, geography, philosophy, psychology and many other topics. Purana means 'old' and it is believed that they were compiled by Sage Vyasa.There is a particular method to the writing of the Puranas. Amara Simha, Sanskrit lexicographer, details about the divisions of a Purana. A Purana must have five distinguishing topics:1) Creation of Universe.
2) Its destruction and renovation.
3) The genealogy of gods.
4) The reigns of Manus.
5) The history of the kings and their races. Number of PuranasThere are 18 Puranas and some Upa Puranas (Minor). The 18 Puranas are subdivided into Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic Puranas and they ar…

Book on Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati

Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, the 68th Sankaracharya, through his unfathomable wisdom and unselfish work showed the world how to overcome the illusion of individuality and deal equally with all living beings. The book ‘The Sage of Kanchi’ edited by R. Balasubramanian sheds light on the philosophical teachings and social works of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati. The book contains essays written by eminent scholars who have had personal experience with Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati.The price of the book is Rs. 75.For more details:THE SAGE OF KANCI:
R. Balasubramanian – Editor;
Adi Sankara Advaita Research Centre, 17, (Old No. 8-A),
Bishop Wallers Avenue (West),
Near C.I.T. Colony, Mylapore,
Chennai – 600004.