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Purana Lakshana

What makes a text a Purana? Pancha Lakshana

Purana texts are story collections that adhere to a fixed literary format. However, each Purana may offer its unique moral stories, some semi-historical information, and guidance on Puja practices. Amarakosha, a famous grammar text from the fifth century, lists five mandatory requirements or Lakshanas for a story collection to be called a Purana. These Lakshana-requirements provide a deeper insight into the ingenuity of Vyasa in choosing the medium of stories to educate the masses. The following verse from the Amarakosha lists Pancha (5) Lakshana: Sarga, Pratisarga, Vamsa, Manvantara, and Vamsa Anucharita. Vyasa achieved a specific purpose with each Lakshana. This post reviews the purposes in the following paragraphs. सर्गस्च प्रतिसर्गस्च वंशो मन्वन्तराणि च |वंशानुचरितम् चैव पुराणम् पञ्च लक्शनम् || sargasca pratisargasca vaṃśo manvantarāṇi cavaṃśānucaritam caiva purāṇam pañca lakśanam Amarakosha on Purana Lakshana Purana Lakshana 1: Sarga Human beings have a physical body which is a part of material existence. In addition, everyone has an unseen mind-intellect complex. Similarly, the cosmos must have

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Sinivali and Raka

Sinivali and Raka

Sinivali, Kuhu, Anumati and Raka are names of Goddesses in the Vedas. Veda Vyasa, the compiler of Vedas, gathered only two mantras related to Sinivali in Rig Veda. Therefore, Translators find these verses hard to translate. However, Vyasa provides additional clues in his Purana works in such cases. This is the case also about Sinivali (सिनीवाली), Raka (राका), Kuhu (कुहू) or young moon and Anumati. They are Vedic goddesses who are associated with the phases of the moon. A review of the idea of the phases of the moon in the context of the Kalaas of Soma brings us more clarity. Subdivisions in new moon phase (thithi) Vedic astronomers split the lunation cycle (29.5 days) into thirty units. Each Thithi unit (similar to the phases of the moon) refers to a 12-degree movement of the Moon from the Sun (Surya Siddhanta). Consequently, the average duration of a Thithi is less than 24 hours. There is one anomaly when we go to an earlier Era. This relates to the Amavasya

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