Classified as one of the 18 ‘great Purāṇas’ (mahāpurāṇas) in the rājasa group, i.e. those said (somewhat artificially) to relate to Brahmā, it is principally Śaiva in orientation. The Bhaviṣya purports to prophesy the future from the perspective of the 5th century ce, referring to a number of well-known late medieval figures such as Akbar, and Gurū Nānak, and even to British rule. It is thus the most open-ended of the Purāṇas. The majority of its contents are, however, more concerned with ritual than history.