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Skanda Purāṇa


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Classified as one of the eighteen ‘great Purāṇas’ (mahāpurāṇas) in the tāmasa group, i.e. those said to relate to Śiva. Named after Śiva's son, Skanda, it is the longest of the Purāṇas, but as it now exists lacks all unity or overall coherence. Effectively an assembly of individual texts, some of which are relatively recent, it deals, inter alia, with such topics as tīrthas (including a long section on Kāśī), and the origins of castes and tribal groups.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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