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Puranas lit. ‘ancient’; a canon of eighteen primary scriptures compiled by Srila Vyasadev, totalling hundreds of thousands of verses, that describe the Lord’s Avatars and Pastimes, the function of the material and spiritual worlds, the perfection of life, and the lives of sages and kings over the course of numerous manifestations of the material universes.

— books Sri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya / Glossary