[INDOLOGY] Re: Puranas

Paolo Eugenio Rosati paoloe.rosati at gmail.com
Sun Feb 21 11:08:44 UTC 2021

Dear All,

thank you very much for your private and public comments. Many thanks to
David and Peter for sharing the bibliography for Puranic texts. I didn't
know that all the translations published through Motilal Banarsidass were
based on the Venkatesvara edition. In Rocher (1986), I think, only the *Śiva
Purāṇa* is said to be based on the Paṇḍitapustakālaya edition (1963), which
was an emendation of the Vankatesvara edition.

Are there new studies on the date of compilation of these (probably
non-original) Puranas? Following Rocher and Hazra it seems almost
impossible to give any useful and realistic date of compilation.


Il giorno sab 20 feb 2021 alle ore 22:40 Harry Spier <
vasishtha.spier at gmail.com> ha scritto:

> Thank you to David Reigle for this list and thank you to Peter Wyzlic for
> the reference to the Epic and purāṇic bibliography.  On looking at Ludo
> Rocher's "The Puranas" in "A History of Indian Literature" (1986) I see he
> also has a bibliography for each purana he lists and a list of editions and
> also a general bibliography.
> Harry Spier
> On Sat, Feb 20, 2021 at 2:27 PM David and Nancy Reigle <dnreigle at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Critical editions of purāṇas known to me are here listed by date of
>> publication:
>> *The Vāmana Purāṇa*, critically edited by Anand Swarup Gupta. Varanasi:
>> All-India Kashiraj Trust, 1967.
>> *The Kūrma Purāṇa*, critically edited by Anand Swarup Gupta. Varanasi:
>> All-India Kashiraj Trust, 1971.
>> *The Varāha Purāṇa*, critically edited by Anand Swarup Gupta, 2 volumes.
>> Varanasi: All-India Kashiraj Trust, 1981.
>> *The Bhāgavata [Śrīmad Bhāgavata Mahāpurāṇa]: Critical Edition*, edited
>> by H. G. Shastri, Bharati K. Shelat, and K. K. Shastree, 4 volumes in 6
>> parts. Ahmedabad: B. J. Institute of Learning and Research, 1996 (1-3),
>> 1999 (4-6), 1998 (7-9), 1997 (10), 1998 (11-12), 2002 (Epilogue).
>> *The Critical Edition of the Viṣṇupurāṇam*, edited by M. M. Pathak, 2
>> volumes. Vadodara: Oriental Institute, 1997, 1999.
>> *The Critical Edition of the Mārkaṇḍeyapurāṇam*, edited by M. L.
>> Wadekar, 2 volumes. Vadodara: Oriental Institute, 2011 (volume 1 is
>> chapters 1-75; volume 2 is chapters 76-88, the Devīmāhātmyam).
>> *The Skandapurāṇa*, vol. I, adhyāyas 1-25, edited by Rob Adriaensen,
>> Hans T. Bakker, and Harunaga Isaacson, 1998; vol. IIa, adhyāyas 26-31.14,
>> ed. by Hans T. Bakker and Harunaga Isaacson, 2005; vol. IIb, adhyāyas
>> 31-52, ed. by Hans T. Bakker, Peter C. Bisschop, and Yuko Yokochi, 2014;
>> vol. III, adhyāyas 34.1-61, 53-69, ed. by Yuko Yokochi, 2013. Supplement to
>> the Groningen Oriental Studies, Groningen: Egbert Forsten, and Leiden:
>> Brill. [This listing is not up to date; I think more volumes have been
>> published in the last six years.]
>> A critical edition of the Vāyu-purāṇa is underway at the Oriental
>> Institute, Vadodara.
>> The Ānandāśrama editions used multiple manuscripts. These include the
>> Padma (1894), Brahma (1895), Agni (1900), Vāyu (1905), and Matsya (1907)
>> purāṇas.
>> Of the Bibliotheca Indica editions, at least the Vāyu edited by
>> Rajendralala Mitra (2 volumes, 1880, 1888) used multiple manuscripts.
>> A composite edition of the Bhāgavata-purāna with three or four
>> commentaries is *Śrīmad Bhāgavata Mahāpurāṇam*, edited by P.
>> Radhakrishna Sarma, and N. C. V. Narasimhacharya, 12 volumes (in 14
>> parts?). Tirupati: Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, 1989-2005 (not yet
>> completed?).
>> A composite edition of the Brahma-purāṇa is found in *Sanskrit Indices
>> and Text of the Brahmapurāṇa*, by Peter Schreiner and Renate Söhnen.
>> Purāṇa Research Publications, Tübingen, 1. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz,
>> 1987.
>> According to the extensive researches of R. C. Hazra, most of the purāṇas
>> now extant are not the original ones. This is based on his gathering
>> quotations from the purāṇas found in the old smṛti-nibandhas, and on
>> descriptions of the contents of the purāṇas given in some of the purāṇas.
>> The results of his researches were published in a series of journal
>> articles, and mostly included in his book, *Studies in the Purāṇic
>> Records on Hindu Rites and Customs*. He concluded that only seven of the
>> now extant mahā-purāṇas can legitimately claim to be the original ones:
>> *Mārkaṇḍeya*, *Vāyu*, *Brahmāṇḍa*, *Viṣṇu*, *Matsya*, *Bhāgavata*, and
>> *Kūrma*, and even the *Kūrma* with considerable qualifications. Of the
>> other eleven erstwhile mahā-purāṇas, he discovered the original Agni-purāṇa
>> in manuscripts under the name Vahni-purāṇa. This was edited and published
>> after his lifetime:
>> *Vahni-Purāṇam, also referred to as Āgneya-Purāṇam*, edited by Anasuya
>> Bhowmik. Bibliotheca Indica Series, no. 336. Kolkata: The Asiatic Society,
>> 2012 (includes as an Introduction the extensive 2-part article by Rajendra
>> Chandra Hazra titled, “Studies in the Genuine Āgneya-Purāṇa alias
>> Vahni-Purāṇa,” originally published in 1953 and 1954).
>> David Reigle
>> Colorado, U.S.A.
>> On Sat, Feb 20, 2021 at 8:52 AM Harry Spier <vasishtha.spier at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> What I would find useful is if someone could list the critical editions
>>> or even editions made from multiple manuscripts of Puranas.
>>> Harry Spier
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*Paolo E. Rosati*

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