[oftenP-] any of a group of 18 Hindu epics dealing with creation, the gods, genealogy, etc. in fables, legends, and tales
Origin of puranaSanskrit pur????, literally , ancient, akin to purá?, before from Indo-European base an unverified form per-: see fore
Any of a class of Sanskrit encyclopedic texts containing cosmogonic histories, legends of gods and heroes, and other traditional material.
Origin of PuranaSanskrit purā&nlowdot;am from neut. of purā&nlowdot;a- old, prehistoric from purā of old, formerly ; see per1 in Indo-European roots.