Banasura, Bāṇāsura, Bana-asura: 5 definitions


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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Bāṇāsura (बाणासुर).—A thousand-armed demon (asura) slain by Lord Kṛṣṇa.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Bāṇāsura (बाणासुर) refers to “Bāṇa-Asura”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.11 (“The Victory of Kumāra”).—Accordingly, as Krauñca said to Kārttikeya: “O Kumāra, O Skanda, O lord of gods, O slayer of the Asura Tāraka protect me who have sought refuge in you. I am harassed by the Asura Bāṇa (bāṇāsura). O Mahāsena, O lord, O merciful one, routed and uprooted from the battle with you he came and harassed me. Afflicted by him I have run from him and sought refuge in you. O lord of gods, born amongst the reeds, be merciful. O lord, please slay the Asura Bāṇa. Make me happy. You are the slayer of Asuras and a special saviour of the gods. You are a self-ruler. [...]”.

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Bāṇāsura (बाणासुर) or simply Bāṇa refers to the son of Bali and grandson of Virocana, according to one account of Vaṃśa (‘genealogical description’) of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, Prahlāda ascended the throne [after Hiraṇyakaśipu]. His son was Virocana who was killed by Viṣṇu and his son Bali became the king. He was pious and virtuous and was bound to Pātalā by Viṣṇu. Bāṇāsura was the son of Bali, who was a devotee of Śiva. The Lord gave Bāṇāsura the status of the leader of a Gaṇa. The son’s of Bāṇa were Tāra, Śambara, Kapila, Śaṃkara, Svarbhānu and Vṛṣaparvan.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Bāṇāsura (बाणासुर): Banasura was a thousand-armed asura and son of Bali. He was a powerful and terrible asura. All people even the king of earth and Devas of heaven were afraid of him. Banasura was a follower of Siva. He had a beautiful daughter named Usha.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Bāṇāsura (बाणासुर):—[from bāṇa] m. the Asura Bāṇa

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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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