Agni Purana

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Agni Purana

Agni, the god of fire, is said to have communicated this purana to the sage Vasistha. Though it is essentially a saivite work, a large part of it has been devoted to the cult of Vishnu also, especially to the description of his incarnations as Rama and Krishna.

The contents of this purana are of an encyclopaedic character. Some of the subjects dealt with are: the ten incarnations of Visnu, the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata, rules regarding the worship of various deities, installation of images in temples, astrology, architecture and sculpture, the science of medicine, toxicology, principles of dramaturgy, human physiology, figures of speech and so on.