Contents: Vol. I. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. The Bhagavata Purana. 3. The Matsya Purana. 4. The Narada Purana. 5. The Shiva Purana. 6. The Vayu Purana. 7. The Agni Purana. 8. The Brahma Purana. 9. The Vishnu Purana. Bibliography. Index.
Vol. II. Preface. 1. The Garuda Purana. 2. The Linga Purana. 3. Padma Purana. 4. Skanda Purana. 5. Vamana Purana. 6. Brahmananda Purana. 7. Kurma Purana. 8. Varaha Purana. 9. Other major Puranas. Bibliography. Index.
"Purana enjoins several rites of worship and acts of homage, comprising a series, of physical and spiritual practices in accompaniment to the Tantra, Yantra and Mantra appliances. The book contains an account of the dissolution of the world, in both its major and minor cataclysms; and in the particulars of the end of all things by fire and water, as well as in the principle of their perpetual renovation, presents a faithful exhibition of opinions that were general in the ancient world. The metaphysical annihilation of the universe, by the release of the spirit from bodily existence, offers, as already remarked, other analogies to doctrines and practices taught by Pythagoras and Plato, and by the Platonic Christians of later days." (jacket)