(c.9th? century ce)
Classified as one of the eighteen ‘great Purāṇas’ (mahāpurāṇas) in the tāmasa group, i.e. those said (somewhat artificially) to relate to Śiva. In fact, the text is mixed, in the sense that it deals partly with Viṣṇu and his avatāras, but predominantly with Śiva. The Agni is generally eclectic and encyclopaedic in character, and, in its surviving form infused with Tantric material. See also Purāṇas.