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AIOC 18, 1955, 58-72 at 61): "According to the Amarakosa ... Purana has five characteristics (pancalaksana), viz. " Some statements are simply misleading. For instance, Swami TAPASYANANDA (The Puranas, a Bird's-Eye View of their History, Features and Contents, Ved. Kes. L. HARIYAPPA (Vedic Legends Through the Ages, Poona: Deccan College, 1953, p. 136 n. 56): "The sloka is found in the more important Puranas, in Amarakosa and other lexicons"; A. S. GUPTA (CE Kurma°. Intro, p. iii n. 5): "These Panca-laksana-s of the Puranas are well-known.
Xxiv. I b i d . , p p . xxv—xxvi. 1 Sectarian Character of the Puranas 23 Sylvain Levi expressed surprise about the Nepalamahatmya. " The Nepalamahatmya, "on the contary," puts Siva, Visnu, and even the Buddha, all at the same level. ,,Les divinites concurrentes ne rivalisent que de politesse aimable: Civa-Pagupati felicite Nemi qui l'a reconnu identique a Visnu; l'epouse de Civa offre au Bouddha une faveur a choisir et consent a lui laisser partager avec Civa les honneurs du culte. "31 We also know that the selection of quotations from puranas in the dharmanibandhas was in no way determined by the sectarian affiliation of the nibandhakdras.
E. the dwarf. e. the wind. e. a servant of Mahadeva. e. a son of Mahadeva. e. the sun. e. the moon. e. the son of Vishnu. e. heaven. Markandeya-purana, i. e. a great Rishi. e. the bird Garuda. e. Narayana. e. the nature charged with the preservation of the world. e. future kings. Although, generally speaking, the list of eighteen mahapuranas in the Indian sources is well established, there are a few discrepancies and problems. 22cd-26). 130. Unless ddikam in the text stands for dgnikam. , GANGADHARAN Liriga0 1973: 19).