Dhenukasura, aka: Dhenukāsura, Dhenuka-asura; 2 Definition(s)

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Dhenukasura 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.

In Hinduism

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Dhenukāsura (धेनुकासुर) is depicted as a sculpture on the second pillar of the southern half of the maṇḍapa of the temple of Lokeśvara.—The last scene in the panel is the killing of the demon who was metamorphosed as a donkey. According to Bhāgavata, Dhenuka was a demon donkey. It was not difficult for Kṛṣṇa to put an end to the life of this ass. Behind Kṛṣṇa is seen Balarāma, his elder brother, an avatāra of Śeṣa, standing with hala, a plough, for attribute.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)
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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.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Dhenukāsura (धेनुकासुर, “cow-demon”) is the Sanskrit name of a demon (asura) sent by Kaṃsa (Kṛṣṇa’s maternal uncle) to kill Kṛṣṇa. These efforts did not succeed.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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