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The Brahma Purana (Sanskrit: ब्रह्म पुराण, Brahma Purāņa) is one of the major eighteen Mahapuranas, a genre of Hindu religious texts. The extant text comprises 246 chapters. It is divided into two parts: the Purvabhaga (former part) and the Uttarabhaga (later part). The first part narrates the story behind the creation of the cosmos, details the life and deeds of Rama and Krishna. Chapters 70–175 deal with Gautami Mahatmya (Glorification of the Godavari River). The second part contains the details about the Purushottama Tirtha, which is one of the holy places.
The Padma Purana categorizes Brahma Purana as a Rajas Purana (Purana which represents dimness and passion). It is the first of the eighteen Puranas in all the lists, except that of the Padma Purana.
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