The Puranas

The Puranas

The Puranas have played a vital role in the construction of contemporary Hinduism. It is from the Puranas that many stories and concepts central to Hindu dharma have been sourced. This course has been specially designed by OCHS to provide students with a solid understanding of the Puranas and their influence on modern Hinduism.

The Puranas – a collective group of sacred Sanskrit texts – are divided into major Puranas and minor Puranas. Structured from selected readings from the three major Puranas – Bhagavata, Shiva, and Markandeya – this course provides a well rounded and informative learning experience. This course will highlight the prominence and overall influence of these sacred texts within the Hindu religion and communities – modern and traditional. The OCHS Puranas course will allow students to analyse and understand a variety of sacred texts and their impact.

To learn more about the Puranas course structure, please see below. Alternatively, if you would like to view similar courses available, take a look at our Sacred Texts Learning Pathway.

Start Date: 17 July 2022

Course Duration: Seven Weeks

Optional Assessment: Essay

Tutor: Dr Raj Balkaran

Course Creator: Dr Nick Sutton

204 pages

4hr 23min

Five Zoom sessions on various topics. Meet tutors and students from other courses and explore other areas of Hindu studies. Recordings available.

Pathway(s): Sacred Texts