Viṣṇu Purāṇa. In Hinduism one of the eighteen Mahāpurāṇas. It may have been compiled towards the end of the 3rd cent. CE, or near the beginning of the 4th. Unlike most purāṇas, it is a unified and clearly structured composition, with a consistent theological viewpoint discernible throughout. Viṣṇu is identified with Brahman, and his omnipresence and omnipotence are constantly emphasized.
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