Garuḍa Purāṇa

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Classified as one of the 18 ‘great Purāṇas’ (mahāpurāṇas) in the sāttvika group, i.e. those said to relate to Viṣṇu, it is a long work, which exists in many versions, and much of its material may be relatively late. It has been variously dated between the 6th and 11th centuries. Among its disparate contents are Saura and Gāṇapatya sections, and the Pretakalpa (possibly a late addition to the rest of the text), which deals with funeral rites, what happens to the deceased (preta) after death, questions of karma and rebirth, and evocations of numerous hells.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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