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Ādityapurāṇ[[a]] literally means ‘purāṇa concerning Āditya or Sun-god’.
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Ādityapurāṇ[[a]] literally means ‘purāṇa concerning [[Āditya]] or Sun-god’.
  
Purāṇas are a vast body of literature dealing with not only philosophical and religious subjects but also cultural and even mundane subjects. They are divided into two broad groups :  
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[[Purāṇas]] are a vast body of literature dealing with not only philosophical and religious subjects but also cultural and even mundane subjects. They are divided into two broad groups :  
* The Mahāpurāṇas - the great, big or main purāṇas.  
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* The Mahāpurāṇas - the great, big or main [[purāṇas]].  
* The Upapurāṇas - the small or subsidiary purāṇas.  
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* The [[Upapurāṇas]] - the small or subsidiary purāṇas.  
  
Ādityapurāna, a purāṇa dealing with the deity Āditya (Sun-god), is often mentioned in the latter group. The book itself is not available now, except for some quotations incorporated by the [[dharma]]śāstra literature. These quotations concern the following subjects :
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Ādityapurāna, a purāṇa dealing with the deity [[Āditya]] (Sun-god), is often mentioned in the latter group. The book itself is not available now, except for some quotations incorporated by the [[dharma]][[Śāstra|śāstra]] literature. These quotations concern the following subjects :
* Rājadharma - duties of the king
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* [[Rājadharma]] - duties of the king
 
* [[Dāna]] - gifts
 
* [[Dāna]] - gifts
* Śrāddha - obsequial offerings
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* [[Śrāddha]] - obsequial offerings
 
* Vrata - religious vows and observances
 
* Vrata - religious vows and observances
 
* Śauca - ceremonial purity
 
* Śauca - ceremonial purity

Latest revision as of 13:19, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Adityapurana, AdityapurANa, AAdityapuraana


Ādityapurāṇa literally means ‘purāṇa concerning Āditya or Sun-god’.

Purāṇas are a vast body of literature dealing with not only philosophical and religious subjects but also cultural and even mundane subjects. They are divided into two broad groups :

Ādityapurāna, a purāṇa dealing with the deity Āditya (Sun-god), is often mentioned in the latter group. The book itself is not available now, except for some quotations incorporated by the dharmaśāstra literature. These quotations concern the following subjects :

  • Rājadharma - duties of the king
  • Dāna - gifts
  • Śrāddha - obsequial offerings
  • Vrata - religious vows and observances
  • Śauca - ceremonial purity

There is a reference about Ādityapurāṇa in Matsyapurāna[1] and Al-Biruni (A. D. 1030) mentioned this purāṇa.

References

  1. Matsyapurāna 53.62
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore