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==Significance of Vāyupurāṇa==
 
==Significance of Vāyupurāṇa==
The contribution of the purāṇas to the growth of popular religion is significant. Even the treatises and digests of dharmaśāstras have quoted profusely from them. One such purāṇa, classed among the 18 Mahāpurāṇas is the Vāyupurāna or Vāyavīyapurāna. It has two khaṇḍas or sections. The Purvakhanda<ref>It is the first part.</ref> has 61 adhyāyas<ref>It means chapters.</ref> and the Uttarakhanda<ref>It means second part.</ref> has 50 adhyāyas. The total number of verses comes to about 12,000.
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The contribution of the [[purāṇas]] to the growth of popular religion is significant. Even the treatises and digests of dharmaśāstras have quoted profusely from them. One such purāṇa, classed among the 18 Mahāpurāṇas is the Vāyupurāna or Vāyavīyapurāna. It has two khaṇḍas or sections. The Purvakhanda<ref>It is the first part.</ref> has 61 adhyāyas<ref>It means chapters.</ref> and the Uttarakhanda<ref>It means second part.</ref> has 50 adhyāyas. The total number of verses comes to about 12,000.
  
 
==Contents of Vāyupurāna==
 
==Contents of Vāyupurāna==
This purāṇa was first taught by the deity Vāyu to the sage Vaiśampāyana. It was later narrated by the Sṅtapaurāṇika, known as Lomaharṣaṇa, to the sages Śaunaka and others who were engaged in the performance of a Sattrayāga in the Naimiṣāraṇya forest. The contents of this purāṇa can be summarized as follows:
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This purāṇa was first taught by the deity Vāyu to the sage [[Vaiśampāyana]]. It was later narrated by the Sṅtapaurāṇika, known as [[Lomaharṣaṇa]], to the sages Śaunaka and others who were engaged in the performance of a Sattrayāga in the Naimiṣāraṇya forest. The contents of this purāṇa can be summarized as follows:
 
* On creation
 
* On creation
 
* Varṇas and āśramas
 
* Varṇas and āśramas
* Yoga
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* [[Yoga]]
* Description of Praṇava or Oṅkāra
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* Description of [[Praṇava]] or Oṅkāra
 
* Lineages of sages
 
* Lineages of sages
 
* Four yugas
 
* Four yugas
* Some geographical details of Jambudvīpa<ref>Jambudvīpa is where Bhāratavarṣa or greater India is situated.</ref>
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* Some geographical details of Jambudvīpa<ref>Jambudvīpa is where [[Bhāratavarṣa]] or greater India is situated.</ref>
 
* Various regions of the created world
 
* Various regions of the created world
 
* Churning of the milky ocean
 
* Churning of the milky ocean
* Manifestation of Śiva as liṅga
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* Manifestation of [[Śiva]] as [[liṅga]]
* Stories of Vedavyāsa and his disciples
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* Stories of [[Vedavyāsa]] and his disciples
 
* Śrāddhas or obsequial rites
 
* Śrāddhas or obsequial rites
* Speciality of śrāddha done at Gayā
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* Speciality of [[Śrāddha|śrāddha]] done at Gayā
 
* Some sages and kings
 
* Some sages and kings
* Greatness of Lord Viṣṇu and his incarnations
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* Greatness of Lord [[Viṣṇu]] and his incarnations
 
* Description of the fourteen worlds
 
* Description of the fourteen worlds
 
* Greatness and importance of this purāṇa
 
* Greatness and importance of this purāṇa
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==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 08:53, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vayupurana, VAyupurANa, Vaayupuraana


Significance of Vāyupurāṇa

The contribution of the purāṇas to the growth of popular religion is significant. Even the treatises and digests of dharmaśāstras have quoted profusely from them. One such purāṇa, classed among the 18 Mahāpurāṇas is the Vāyupurāna or Vāyavīyapurāna. It has two khaṇḍas or sections. The Purvakhanda[1] has 61 adhyāyas[2] and the Uttarakhanda[3] has 50 adhyāyas. The total number of verses comes to about 12,000.

Contents of Vāyupurāna

This purāṇa was first taught by the deity Vāyu to the sage Vaiśampāyana. It was later narrated by the Sṅtapaurāṇika, known as Lomaharṣaṇa, to the sages Śaunaka and others who were engaged in the performance of a Sattrayāga in the Naimiṣāraṇya forest. The contents of this purāṇa can be summarized as follows:

  • On creation
  • Varṇas and āśramas
  • Yoga
  • Description of Praṇava or Oṅkāra
  • Lineages of sages
  • Four yugas
  • Some geographical details of Jambudvīpa[4]
  • Various regions of the created world
  • Churning of the milky ocean
  • Manifestation of Śiva as liṅga
  • Stories of Vedavyāsa and his disciples
  • Śrāddhas or obsequial rites
  • Speciality of śrāddha done at Gayā
  • Some sages and kings
  • Greatness of Lord Viṣṇu and his incarnations
  • Description of the fourteen worlds
  • Greatness and importance of this purāṇa


References

  1. It is the first part.
  2. It means chapters.
  3. It means second part.
  4. Jambudvīpa is where Bhāratavarṣa or greater India is situated.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore