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Other Puranas

Other Categories : Sthala Puranas, Kula Puranas, and Jain Puranas


In addition to the major Mahapuranas, Hindu scriptures also include other categories of Puranas that focus on specific themes and traditions. This article explores three such categories: Sthala Puranas, Kula Puranas, and Jain Puranas. Each category offers unique insights into the origins, legends, and cultural aspects associated with temples, castes, and Jain mythology.

Sthala Puranas:

The term “sthala” in Sanskrit means “spot” or “place.” Sthala Puranas revolve around the origins, legends, and traditions associated with temples or shrines. These Puranas primarily focus on specific locations and highlight the religious significance of these places. While most Sthala Puranas are written in vernacular languages, some have Sanskrit versions as well. They serve as valuable sources of information for temple histories, rituals, and associated folklore.

Kula Puranas:

The term “kula” in Sanskrit translates to “family” or “tribe.” Kula Puranas are dedicated to the origin myths, stories, and legends of specific castes or communities. These Puranas play a significant role in shaping and preserving caste identity. They provide insights into the genealogy, cultural practices, and rituals of particular castes, emphasizing their unique historical and mythological narratives. Kula Puranas serve as important sources for understanding the socio-cultural dynamics within Hindu society.

Jain Puranas:

Jain Puranas are a distinct category of Puranas that focus on Jain mythology, history, and legends. They hold significant importance within the Jain tradition and contribute to early Kannada literature. The most well-known Jain Purana is the Mahapurana composed by Acharya Jinasena. Jain Puranas delve into the teachings, lives of Tirthankaras (spiritual leaders), and the principles of Jain philosophy. They provide insights into Jain cosmology, ethical principles, and narratives of enlightenment.


Apart from the Mahapuranas, Hindu scriptures include various other categories of Puranas that shed light on specific aspects of religious and cultural traditions. Sthala Puranas illuminate the origins and practices associated with temples and shrines at specific locations. Kula Puranas focus on the origin myths, legends, and social identity of particular castes or communities. Jain Puranas delve into Jain mythology, history, and philosophical teachings. Together, these categories of Puranas contribute to a comprehensive understanding of Hindu religious beliefs, cultural practices, and the rich tapestry of legends and traditions.

Editor – Kaalchakra Team

[ Note – Before Concluding anything as a Finale, Please Go through Original Scriptures of Vaidik Literature Written in Sanskrit and Also with Meaning of That time of Language. Because English is a Limited language to Explaining the Deeper Knowledge of Vaidik Kaal. ]