Books on 18 Puranas

Unveiling the Wisdom of the Puranas: A Look at Key Resources

The 18 Puranas, a vast collection of ancient Indian texts, hold a significant place in Hinduism. While there’s no single book encompassing all 18 Puranas, several resources can guide you on this journey of exploration.

  • The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (9 Volumes): This collection offers translations and interpretations of some Puranas by Swami Vivekananda, including the Shiva Purana and the Vishnu Purana.

  • The Essential Hinduism by Eknath Easwaran: This book provides a general overview of Hinduism, including its scriptures, philosophy, and practices. It includes a dedicated chapter on the Puranas.

  • The Bhagavad Gita (by various translators): Although part of the Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita is considered an independent scripture and one of Hinduism’s most important texts. Many translations include commentary on the text’s connection to the Puranas.

  • Dictionary of Hinduism by W.J. Johnson: This reference book offers concise information on a wide range of Hindu topics, including the Puranas.

  • Mythology of the Hindus by Arthur Avalon: This classic work provides a comprehensive overview of Hindu mythology, drawing heavily from stories found in the Puranas.

For in-depth exploration of a specific Purana, consider online resources or libraries that offer translations and commentaries on individual Puranas. Here are some helpful websites:

Remember, the Puranas are extensive and intricate. Understanding them fully requires time and dedication. However, if you’re interested in delving deeper into Hinduism, the Puranas offer a treasure trove of wisdom and insight.