4

I came across two answers Bhagavata-Purana Considered as best and Devi Bhagavata Purana Considered as best.

On the same lines, are there any claims about other puranas claiming themselves or others as the best, foremost etc.?

  • 1
    Yes , it's also stated in Shiva-Mahapurana. – SwiftPushkar Jan 3 '17 at 5:15
  • 3
    Devi Bhagavata states that it is the best among the 18 puranas..In my Q/A i have quoted those verses where it says so..but i don't know if other Puranas explicitly says so too...For eg no answers to the 1st Q in ur this Q claims so..But if @SwiftPushkar says that the Shiva Purana also says so,then it must be true.. – Rickross Jan 3 '17 at 5:47
  • @SwiftPushkar Can u post an answer then? – Rickross Jan 3 '17 at 5:48
  • Where does the Bhagavata Purana state that it is the best among 18 puranas?@sv – Rickross Jan 3 '17 at 8:03
  • @Rickross See this answer (It implcitly assumes all the puranas and thus includes 18 puranas also) – Eduru Jan 3 '17 at 9:49
7

Like Bhagavatams, Shiva Purana also says itself as best among all the Puranas and best remedy in age of Kali. Chapter 1 Glory of Shiva Purana says

कालव्यालमहात्रासविध्वंसकरमुत्तमम्। शैवं पुराणं परमं शिवेनोक्तं पुरा मुने॥८॥

This Purana is the best remedy for the biggest danger like the death, which bites like the snake and is the biggest danger. The Šiva Purana is the best of all the Puranas. O Great ascetic, initially it was spoken by Lord Siva himself.

एतस्मादपरं किञ्चित्पुराणाच्छैवतो मुने! विद्यते न मनःशुद्धयै कलिजानां विशेषतः॥ १०॥

Except the Siva Purana, there is no other remedy in the age of Kali, to purify the minds of the people.

जन्मान्तरे भवेत्पुण्यं महद्यस्य सुधीमतः। तस्य प्रीतिर्भवेत्तत्र महाभाग्यवतो मुने!।॥ ११॥

O Best of the sages, only such of the intelligent person gets an opportunity to listen or read it, who has to his credit the noble deeds of the earlier births.

एतच्छिवपुराणं हि परमं शास्त्रमुत्तमम्। शिवरूपं क्षितौ ज्ञेयं सेवनीयं च सर्वथा॥ १२॥

The Siva Purana is admittedly the best of the Sastras and is also the true form of Siva on earth, therefore, it should be read, narrated, listened studied and well thought over.

8

Yes , in Shiva-Mahapurana we also find the similar description in Mahatmyam or Glory part. Chapter 1 Shloka 12 - The glory of the purana.

एतच्छीपुराणं हि परमं शास्त्रमुत्तमम्
शिवरुपं क्षितौ ज्ञेयं सेवनीयं च सर्वथा॥१२॥

The Shiva-Purana is admittedly the best of the Shastras and is also true form of Shiva on earth.Therefor it should be read narrated , listened , studies ans well thought over.

Similarly, Vishnu Purana also states Matsya Purana as the greatest:

मुख्यं पुराणेषु यथैव मात्स्यं स्वायंभुवोक्तिव्स्तपी संहितासु।
मनु:स्मृतिनां प्रवरो यथैव तिथीषु दर्शो विबुधेषु वासव:।। (Vishnu Purana Chapter 13 verse 48)

As Matsya purana among puranas, Code laid down by Swayambhu among the codes, Manu Smriti among Smritis, Amavasya among Tithis and Donation made on Visuvas (rotation of Aries and Libra) among other donations is greatest.


enter image description here

In the above shloka Vishnu purana is declearing Matsya purana is greatest among puranas.

  • What is the verse number of the Vishnu P. quote above? – brahma jijnasa Jan 10 '17 at 0:45
  • That is already mentioned in answer - VP Chapter 13 verse 48 :) – SwiftPushkar Jan 10 '17 at 3:17
  • Every verse in the Vishnu Purana is enumerated with 3 numbers: book (Skanda), chapter, and verse (sloka). You gave just 2 numbers. So what is the real number of the verse, then? – brahma jijnasa Jan 10 '17 at 3:45
  • I am quoting from Indianscriptures.com Vishnu purana ,Which simply have chapters & there is no such a division like most hard-copies do. – SwiftPushkar Jan 10 '17 at 3:52
  • So how can I find that verse then in the book? – brahma jijnasa Jan 10 '17 at 3:55

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .