Devasurayuddha, Devāsurayuddha, Devasura-Yuddha: 3 definitions


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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Devāsurayuddha (देवासुरयुद्ध).—Wars between the gods and asuras. Altogether twelve wars were fought between the Devas and the asuras, viz. Narasiṃha, Vāmana, Varāha, Amṛtamathana, Tārakāmaya, Āḍībaka, Traipura, Andhaka, Vadha, Vṛtravadha, Dhvajapāta, Hālāhala and Kolāhala. Hiraṇyakaśipu, the daitya was killed by Narasiṃha. Vāmana took Mahābali captive after measuring the three worlds in one stride. Hiraṇyākṣa was killed in fighting in the sea by Varāha with its tusks. Indra defeated Prahlāda and in the Tārakāmaya war also killed his son Virocana who had planned to kill him (Indra). As the Devas could not kill the dānavas of Tripura, Trilocana killed them. Vṛtra who was aided by the dānavas was killed by Indra with the help of Viṣṇu. Indra himself killed Vipracitti and his followers who became invisible by māyā after the felling of the dhvaja (flag staff), and in the course of celebrating their victory the Devas defeated Śaṇḍāmarka at the yajñāvabhṛtha (Bathing at the close of the yajña). Thus were waged twelve wars between the Devas and the Asuras. (Padma Purāṇa, Part 4, Chapter 13).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Devāsurayuddha (देवासुरयुद्ध).—Consequent on the Asuras not obtaining Amṛta for all their labours in the Amṛtamathana, war broke out. It was on the seashore and mainly a handto-hand fight; description of; at last Indra invoked Hari, who appeared on the scene and on him Kālanemi flung his śūla; with the same weapon Hari flung him down; so also Mālyavan, Māli and Sumāli were put to death. Fight continued till Nārada stopped it.1 Twelve in number, after which the whole earth and yajña came over to the Devas.2 Hearing the Asuras slain by Hari, Diti went to the earth and performed madanadvādaśi vrata to get able bodied sons to kill Indra;3 one, of three hundred years between Indra and Prahlāda. Indra with the help of Raji, a son of Āyu vanquished him.4 Asuras under Hrāda vanquished the Gods after the battle which continued for a hundred divine years. The gods withdrew to the north of the milky ocean and prayed to Viṣṇu for succour. The latter deluded the Asuras in māyāmoha form and the Asuras were defeated.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 10. (whole); 11. 1-44; Vāyu-purāṇa 92. 76.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 72. 70, 106.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 7. 2-7.
  • 4) Matsya-purāṇa 24. 37-8; 70. 26-32.
  • 5) Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 17. 9-44; 18. 34-36.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Devāsurayuddha (देवासुरयुद्ध) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.24) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Devāsura-yuddha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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