Importance of Purana

पुराणमाहात्म्यवर्णनं नाम त्रयोदशोऽध्यायः
Purana importance/greatness description Chapter 13

सनत्कुमार उवाच |
Sanatkumar said (to sage Vyasa)

ये शृण्वन्ति कथां शंभोः सदा भुवनपावनीम् |
ते मनुष्या न मन्तव्या रुद्रा एव न संशयः || 23 ||
Those who listen to Lord Shiva’s stories, which always make the world holier, should not be considered human beings; undoubtedly they are like Rudras (the Shiva element).

Compare with

ये शृण्वन्ति मुने शैवं पुराणं शास्त्रमुत्तमम् |
ते मनुष्या न मन्तव्या रुद्रा एव न संशयः || 15 ||

from Chapter 1 of the importance section (taken from Skanda Purana) before Vidyeshwara Samhita.

पापं संक्षीयते नित्यं धर्मश्चैव विवर्धते |
पुराणश्रवणाज्ज्ञानी न संसारं प्रपद्यते || 37 ||
By listening to Purana, sins shrink continuously and Dharma increases, (and) a knowledgeable person does not come back to the material world (take rebirth).

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