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Citrasena, aka: Citrasenā; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Citrasenā (चित्रसेना) is depicted as a sculpture on the first pillar of the southern half of the maṇḍapa of the temple of Trailokyeśvara.—In the superior panel, to the extreme left is a lady sitting in front of an edifice which looks like a temple. The lady may be identified with Citrasenā. She looks worried. There is a man with an umbrella. Probably he is Indra. He is shown with an umbrella or he is holding an umbrella to the noble lady to enamour her.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)Śilpaśāstra book cover
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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.


1a) Citrasena (चित्रसेन).—A son of Manu Devasāvarṇi.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 13. 30.

1b) The son of Nariṣyanta and father of Dakṣa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 2. 19.

1c) A Gandharva with the Hemanta sun.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 17; Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 17. 96. 248.

1d) A son of Agāvaha.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 257.

1e) A son of the fourth Sāvarṇa Manu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 94.

1f) A son of Ruci XIII Manu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 104; Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 108; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 2. 41.

1g) A Mauneya Gandharva king in Kailasa;1 resides in sun's chariot2 during Mārgaśīrṣa month.

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 41. 21; 69. 1.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 13.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Citrasenā (चित्रसेना), as per the Narasiṃhapurāṇa, is the wife of Kubera. She is a devotee of Pārvatī. While she is engaged in worshipping the goddess, Indra on the way to forest for undertaking penance in order to attain mokṣa, liberation, sees Citrasenā. He forgets the aim of his journey and falls madly in love with her. He requests Kāma, God of Love to awaken desire for him in her. Cupid promptly obeys the overlord of gods. Under the effect of Kāma’s arrows Citrasenā, in love with Indra, becomes entirely his.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (purāṇa)Purāṇa book cover
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Citrasena (चित्रसेन):—Son of Nariṣyanta (son of Śrāddhadeva or Vaivasvata Manu). He had a son named Ṛkṣa. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.2)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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