Acording to tradition the Puranas were composed by Vyasa at the end of Dvapara Yuga though the exact Origin of Indian Puranas is not known. This thread is for those who wants to add their views on the Origin of Indian Purana
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The Puranas Sanskrit: प ु र ा ण pur ṇ a, of ancient times are a group of important Hindu or Jain and Buddhist religious texts, notably consisting of narratives of the history of the Universe from creation to destruction, genealogies of the kings, heroes, sages, and demigods, and descriptions of Hindu cosmology, philosophy, and geography. 1 Puranas usually give prominence to a particular deity and most use an abundance of religious and philosophical concepts. They are usually written in the form of stories related by one person to another. Vyasa, the narrator of the Mahabharata, is traditionally considered the compiler of the Puranas. 2 However, the earliest written versions date from the time of the Gupta Empire third-fifth century CE and much material may be dated, through historical references and other means, to this period and the succeeding centuries. The texts were probably written all over India. Common ideas are found throughout the corpus but it is not possible to trace the lines of influence of one Purana upon another so the corpus is best viewed as a synchronous whole. 3 The date of the production of the written texts does not define the date of origin of the Puranas, for on one hand they unquestionably existed, in some oral form, a millennium before while on the other hand they have been incrementally modified well into medieval times 4 and perhaps down to the present day.