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Epic And Puranic Literature

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Sarasvatī appears in the Mahābhārata epic and in many of the Puranas, which provide a wealth of information on the conceptual and iconographic development of the goddess. The epics and the Purāṅas belong to an entirely different category of religious literature than the Vedas. The Mahābhārata epic centers on the story of the legitimacy of the succession to the kingdom of Kurukṣetra in northwestern India.

Keywords: Mahābhārata; Purāṅas

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