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International Journal of Humanities and Education Research

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part A (2024)

Indian culture as reflected in the Puranas: An elucidation

Author(s):

Dr. Husna Parvin

Abstract:

Vedas are the primary and most important source of knowledge and these are eternal and impalpable or authoritative. The Vedas provide auspicious inspiration for living an ideal life in all three periods, and the various streams of later times have greatly benefited Indian culture from time to time. Vedas are the foundation of whole Indian culture. According to Brahmanusasanam, the Puranas are known as the fifth Veda- this does not mean that they are literally identical to the Vedas. However, Puranas have become indispensable for proper understanding of the obscure Vedic doctrines. The Puranas are the only simple, easy and best means of understanding the true nature of the oldest India. They acted as the golden thread connecting past and present society. According to the Indian religious tradition, the Puranas were recognized after the Vedas and Puranic literature is such an asset of India that it is very important to evaluate it today. The structure of Indian society is beautifully depicted in the Puranas. In Indian society, the Puranas are as useful as the Sruti smriti, and that is why our ancestors have given great strength to the study of the Puranas to understand the essence of the Vedas. Thus, the Purana provide the puranic code for the entire society. Hence, the importance of the Puranas for a better understanding of the meaning of the Vedas is undeniable. Vedas and Puranas are complementary to each other. Without the study of Puranas, as no one can understand the meaning the of Vedas, besides, the study of Puranas is indispensable for understanding the esoteric meaning of the Vedas. So, Vedas should be expanded by history and Puranas.

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How to cite this article:
Dr. Husna Parvin. Indian culture as reflected in the Puranas: An elucidation. Int. J. Humanit. Educ. Res. 2024;6(1):35-37. DOI: 10.33545/26649799.2024.v6.i1a.69
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