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Purana \Pu*ra"na\, n. [Skr. pur[=a]?, properly. old, ancient, fr. pur[=a] formerly.] One of a class of sacred Hindoo poetical works in the Sanskrit language which treat of the creation, destruction, and renovation of worlds, the genealogy and achievements of gods and heroes, the reigns of the Manus, and the transactions of their descendants. The principal Puranas are eighteen in number, and there are the same number of supplementary books called Upa Puranas.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

ancient Sanskrit writings of a legendary character, 1690s, from Sanskrit puranah, literally "ancient, former," from pura "formerly, before," cognate with Greek paros "before," pro "before," Avestan paro "before," Old English fore, from PIE *pre-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per). Related: Puranic.

Purana (disambiguation)

Puran or Purana and similar word Purna can mean:

  • Puran or Purna mean 'complete' in Hindi and Sanskrit respectively, in words like Purna avatar, Purna Swaraj and Purna Yoga.
  • Purana, a type of Hindu Indian literature
  • Purana, a genus of cicadas (Homoptera, Cicadidae) indigenous to southeast Asia
Purana (genus)

Purana is a genus of cicadas from Southeast Asia. Its distribution includes Java, Sumatra, Borneo, The Philippines, peninsular Malaysia, Thailand, India, Indochina, China, and Japan. Only one species has been recorded east of the Wallace Line, Purana celebensis, from Sulawesi. In all species the male possess two pairs of dark ventral abdominal tubercles on third and fourth sternites. The male opercula are rather short and generally do not reach beyond the posterior pair of tubercles. Related genera that also possess abdominal tubercles are Leptopsaltria, Maua, Nabalua and Tanna which together with Purana are in the subtribe Leptopsaltriina of the tribe Cicadini.

Usage examples of "purana".

Dheeraj Kumar, General of the Purana Wafadars, our battalion of veterans of the Last Asura War.

Jones had extracted from the Bhagavata Purana another, and, in some respects, very different legend.

Sanscrit account in the Zatapatha Brahmana with those in the later Puranas.

Yama and Telmon had most of the major verses of the Puranas by heart, and were guided by Zakiel to read extensively in chrestomathies and incunabulae, but while Telmon dutifully followed the program Zakiel set out, Yama preferred to idle time away dreaming over bestiaries, prosopographies and maps—most especially maps.

He had bought the brandy in a bottleshop and used a little to preserve the filaments Tamora had filleted from the merchant's body and placed in a beautiful miniature flask, cut from a single crystal of rose quartz, which Yama had found in the wreckage left by the flood when he had been searching for his copy of the Puranas.

He started to read his copy of the Puranas, but did not find anything that was different from his rote learning and put the book away.