CHAPTER 2. HINDU SCRIPTURES : 1.9.1
1.The Scriptures : 9.1
9. The Puranas - 1.
The Puranas are of the same class as the Itihasas.
They have five characteristics (Pancha-Lakshana) viz., history, cosmology (with various symbolical illustrations of philosophical principles), secondary creation, genealogy of kings and of Manvantaras.
All the Puranas belong to the class of Suhrit-Samhitas.
Vyasa is the compiler of the Puranas from age to age; and for this age, he is Krishnadvaipayana, the son of Parasara.
The Puranas were written to popularise the religion of the Vedas.
They contain the essence of the Vedas.
The aim of the Puranas is to impress on the minds of the masses the teachings of the Vedas and to generate in them devotion to God, through concrete examples, myths, stories, legends, lives of saints, kings and great men, allegories and chronicles of great historical events.
To be continued..