Asurashreshtha, Asuraśreṣṭha, Asura-shreshtha: 1 definition


Asurashreshtha 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.

The Sanskrit term Asuraśreṣṭha can be transliterated into English as Asurasrestha or Asurashreshtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Asuraśreṣṭha (असुरश्रेष्ठ) refers to the “best of Asuras” and is used to describe Tāraka, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.16 (“Brahmā consoles the gods”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā said to Tāraka: “You are ruling over our heaven which contains the essence of all brilliance. You are desirous of getting more than what you bargained for at the time of your penance. I granted you a boon but not the kingdom of heaven. Hence leave off this region. You can rule over the earth. O best of Asuras [i.e., asuraśreṣṭha], even there you can achieve the fruit of your activities as here in Devaloka. There is nothing to hesitate in this matter. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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