Varāha Purāṇa

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(c.10th–12th centuries ce?)

Classified as one of the eighteen ‘great Purāṇas’ (mahāpurāṇas) in the sāttvika group, i.e. those said to relate to Viṣṇu, much of the Varāha is taken up with Vaiṣṇava devotional material. It has been analysed as containing four distinct sections: the first is largely taken up with Pāñcarātra-like material; the second is Bhāgavata in orientation, with a māhātmya glorifying Mathurā; the third gives an account of Nāciketas in Yama's kingdom; the fourth is mostly concerned with Śaiva sites in Nepal.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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