vedas catvara uddhrtah
pancamo veda ucyate
rg-yajuh-sama-atharva-akhyah—the names of the four Vedas; vedah—the Vedas; catvarah—four; uddhrtah—made into separate parts; itihasa—historical records (Mahabharata); puranam ca—and the Puranas; pancamah—the fifth; vedah—the original source of knowledge; ucyate—is said to be.
The four divisions of the original sources of knowledge [the Vedas] were made separately. But the historical facts and authentic stories mentioned in the Puranas are called the fifth Veda.
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