The Puranas are sacred texts of Hinduism. You must have heard of the two great epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata states that there are eighteen Puranas and also names three of them, the Markandeya Purana, the Vayu Purana and the Matsya Purana. Although the Ramayana does not mention any Puranas by name, the word Purana is used several times. This means that the composers of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata were familiar with the Puranas. The Puranas are thus fairly ancient texts. Herewith is the thirteenth part in the series.