Aghasura, Aghāsura, Agha-asura: 7 definitions


Aghasura means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam

Aghāsura (अघासुर) refers to:—A mystic demon who assumed the form of a large serpent and swallowed Kṛṣṇa and his cowherd boy friends, but was killed by Kṛṣṇa. He was the younger brother of the demons Pūtanā and Bakāsura. (cf. Glossary page from Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)

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.

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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.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: 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.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aghāsura (अघासुर).—See अघ (agha) above.

Derivable forms: aghāsuraḥ (अघासुरः).

Aghāsura is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms agha and asura (असुर).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Aghāsura (अघासुर):—[from agha > agh] m. Agha, Kaṃsa’s general, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). 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.

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