Danavottama, Dānavottama, Danava-uttama: 1 definition
Danavottama 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Dānavottama (दानवोत्तम) refers to the “great demon” and is used to describe Śambara, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.19 (“Kāma’s destruction by Śiva”).—Accordingly, as Śiva said to the Gods: “[...] Kṛṣṇa will beget Kāma in Rukmiṇī when he goes to Dvārakā and begins to procreate children. His name will certainly be Pradyumna. The demon Śambara will abduct the boy at the time of his very birth. After abducting the boy, the great demon [i.e., dānavottama], Śambara, will throw him in the sea. The foolish fellow will take him for dead and will return to his city. [...]”.
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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