Overview for Linga Purana (In 2 Volumes)
The present volume contains Lingapurana Part I in English translation. It is the fifth in the series of fifty Volumes on Ancient Indian Tradition and Mythology.
The project of the Series was envisaged and financed in 1970 A.D. by Shri Sunderlal Jain, the veteran interprizer in the field of Oriental Publication and the leading proprietor Messers Motilal Banarsidass. Hitherto six volumes of the series (that is, four vols. of the Sivapurana and two vols. of the Lingapurana completing both the Puranas) have been published and made accessible to the reader.
The present English translation is based on the Sanskrit text of the Lingapurana published in India by Messers Ksemaraja Srikrsnadasa. This text, constructed on the collation of Mss. is fairly reliable, although here and there it suffers from certain lapses and defies our efforts for accurate translation. But these lapses are few and far between and they do not vitiate the quality of translation as a whole.
The reader will find that the Purana deals with a variety of subjects – geographical, historical, philosophical, religious and the like which need elucidation. This task could not be accomplished by a mere translation. We have therefore provided footnotes on these topics. The footnotes are very brief but illuminative. They supply the background without which the exegesis of the text would not be possible.