Daityapungava, Daityapuṅgava, Daitya-pungava: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Daityapungava in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Daityapuṅgava (दैत्यपुङ्गव) refers to the “leading demon” and is used to describe Tāraka, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.10 (“Boasting of Tāraka”).—Accordingly, as Tāraka-Asura fought with Kārttikeya: “[...] On hearing the auspicious words uttered by the celestial voice, Kumāra became happy. He was surrounded by the Pramathas. He resolved to kill Tāraka, the king of Asuras. The infuriated Kumāra of powerful arms used his full strength and hit Asura Tāraka in between his nipples. Slighting that blow, the leading demon (daityapuṅgava) Tāraka, hit Kumāra angrily with his spear. [...]”.

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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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