(c.4th century ce)
Classified as one of the eighteen ‘great Purāṇas’ (mahāpurāṇas) in the rājasa group, i.e. those said to relate to Brahmā, it is said to have been narrated by the ṛṣi Mārkaṇḍeya. Among passages on ritual and yoga, it contains much Vedic mythological material; its best-known section (Chs. 81–93) is the celebrated Devī Mahātmya, a later (c.6th or 7th century) addition to the main Purāṇa.