purana

* (adjective) old. 
* history. 
* (Capitalized noun) Record of events that are believed to have

occurred long ago. The Puraanas are also considered as the recorded history of Bharat. There are eighteen Puraanas. They are written in the form of dialogue, between a scholar and an inquirer. The subject of the Puraanas is: the genealogies of kings, the reigns of kings, ruling dynasties. The 18 Puraanas are:

* Vishnu 
* Matsya 
* Kurma 
* Varaha 
* Vamana 
* Bhagwat 
* Naradiya 
* Garuda 
* Padma 
* Linga 
* Shiva 
* Skanda 
* Agni 
* Brahma 
* Brahmanda 
* Brahmavivarta 
* Markandeva 
* Bhavishya