The Vishnu Purana has been known as the 'Puranaratna' meaning gem of Puranas.
This ancient book is written in a form of narration. Narada narrates to Sanatkumara the dharmas of Brhatkalpa.
The Padma Purana houses the major sections named as the Srishti Khanda (Book of the Universe), Bhumi Khanda (Book of the Earth), and many more.
This Purana is generally read by the Hindus of India during the cremation of dead bodies.
In this Purana, Varaha, the third incarnation of Vishnu narrates the story about holy places and mantras.
Stories of devotees, the various avatars of Krishna or Vishnu are described in the earlier section of the Purana.
The different sections of the Purana cover the comprehensive description of the creation of cosmos, discussion about the time as a dimension and the details of Kalpa and Yuga.
The Brahmavaivarta contains eighteen thousand verses and is regarded as holy.
The beginning of the Markandeya Purana is from the mouth of Jaimini asking four questions to Markandeya.
There are certain portions on the text, which has been drawn from the law book of Manu.
The Vamana Purana boasts ten characteristics apparently- Sarg, Visarg, Sthaan, Poshan, Uti, Vritti, Raksha, Manvantara, Vansh and Upaashraya.
It is believed that if this Purana along with Jaladhenu is gifted in the month of Vaisakha (May), the donor will attain heaven.
The first and the oldest of the all the Puranas, Hindu scriptures and texts, is the Matsya Purana.
Kurmamurti (incarnation of Vishnu as Kurma or tortoise) taught this Purana while narrating the story of Indradyumna at Patala.
The prominence of Lord Vishnu, and the emergence of Brahma as the creator of cosmos are described in this Purana.
Actually it contains the instructions of Shiva to Dharma sitting in the form of 'linga' or 'Phallus'.
The popular stories that are contained in the Skanda Purana are, the yagna (sacrifice) of Prajapati Daksha, the churning of ocean and many more.
In this Purana there are a number of verses dealing with cosmology, history, warfare, law, medicine, martial art, and a lot more.
(Last Updated on : 02-09-2015)
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