Aghasura, aka: Aghāsura, Agha-asura; 3 Definition(s)
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Aghāsura (अघासुर) is depicted as a sculpture on the second pillar of the southern half of the maṇḍapa of the temple of Lokeśvara.—Next to the Pralaṃbāsura is the scene of slaying Aghāsura. On seeing Balarāma and Kṛṣṇa, the demon Agha thought that the time had come for him to avenge the death of his sister Pūtanā and his brother Baka (as it is not shown in the bas-relief, we have not dealt with it here).
It is not very easy to show this story on stone. So the artist has demonstrated his talents by showing the demon knocked down by Kṛṣṇa. By controlling the demon with his left hand so that he will not have any chance to escape, Kṛṣṇa is raining good blows on the head with the right hand. A female figure is shown standing next to the demon with folded hands. May be it is one of the Gopī or Kṛṣṇa’s mother, dumb founded at the astonishing exploits of her supernatural child. Behind him is standing Balarāma with his hala.Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)
Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Aghāsura (अघासुर, “boa-constrictor demon”) is the Sanskrit name of a demon (asura) sent by Kaṃsa (Kṛṣṇa’s maternal uncle) to kill Kṛṣṇa. These efforts did not succeed.Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism
Languages of India and abroad
Aghāsura (अघासुर).—See अघ (agha) above.
Derivable forms: aghāsuraḥ (अघासुरः).
Aghāsura is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms agha and asura (असुर).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
Search found 7 books and stories containing Aghasura, Aghāsura, Agha-asura; (plurals include: Aghasuras, Aghāsuras, asuras). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
Verse 2.5.106 < [Chapter 5 - Prema: Love of God]
Verse 2.2.20 < [Chapter 2 - Jñāna: Knowledge]
Verse 2.7.120 < [Chapter 7 - Jagad-ānanda: The Bliss of the Worlds]
The Bhagavata Purana (by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
Chapter 12 - The Killing of the Demon Aghasura < [Canto X - The Summum Bonum]
Chapter 13 - The Stealing of the Boys and Calves by Brahma < [Canto X - The Summum Bonum]
Chapter 2 - Prayers by the Demigods for Lord Krishna in the Womb < [Canto X - The Summum Bonum]
Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī)
Verse 2.3.72 < [Part 3 - Involuntary Ecstatic Expressions (sattvika-bhāva)]
Verse 2.3.26 < [Part 3 - Involuntary Ecstatic Expressions (sattvika-bhāva)]
Verse 2.1.1 < [Part 1 - Ecstatic Excitants (vibhāva)]
Nectar of Devotion (by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
The Vishnu Purana (by Horace Hayman Wilson)
Isha Upanishad (by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)