|Canto 12: The Age of Deterioration||Chapter 7: The Purāṇic Literatures|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 12.7.22
munayo 'ṣṭādaśa prāhuḥ
kṣullakāni mahānti ca
evam — in this way; lakṣaṇa-lakṣyāṇi — symptomized by their characteristics; purāṇāni — the Purāṇas; purā-vidaḥ — those who are expert in such ancient histories; munayaḥ — the sages; aṣṭādaśa — eighteen; prāhuḥ — say; kṣullakāni — minor; mahānti — great; ca — also.
Sages expert in ancient histories have declared that the Purāṇas, according to their various characteristics, can be divided into eighteen major Purāṇas and eighteen secondary Purāṇas.
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