Dvadashaditya, Dvādaśāditya: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Dvādaśāditya can be transliterated into English as Dvadasaditya or Dvadashaditya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Dvādaśāditya (द्वादशादित्य).—The twelve sons born to Kaśyapa by his wife Aditi are called Dvādaśādityas (Twelve Ādityas) The word Āditya means 'born of Aditi'. As it occurs in Agni Purāṇa (Ch. 51) a table, showing the names of the twelve Ādityas and the sign of the Zodiac over which each Āditya predominates and the colour of it, is given below. Dvādaśādityas. Sign of the Zodiac. Colour

1 Varuṇa. Meṣa (Aries) Black.

2 Sūrya (Sun) Rṣabha (Taurus) Blood-colour.

3 Sahasrāṃśu Mithuna (Gemini) Slightly redcolour.

4 Dhātā Karkaṭaka (Cancer) Yellow.

5 Tapana Siṃha (Leo) White.

6 Savitā Kanyā (Virgo) Pure white.

7 Gabhasti Tulā (Libra) tawny colour.

8 Ravi Vṛścika (Scorpio) Yellow.

9 Parjanya Dhanu (Sagittarius) Parrot-colour.

10 Tvaṣṭā Makara (Capricorn) Snow-white.

11 Mitra Kumbha (Aquarius) Smoky hue.

12 Viṣṇu* Mīna (Pisces) Blue.

*) This version of the episode is found in Mahābhārata. The poet Kālidāsa has made variations, suitable to his work, the Abhijñāna-Śākuntala. Some deviations from the Mahābhārata story may be noticed in the works of some other poets also. 2. Different names of Ādityas occur in different Purāṇas. The names given here are based on the Agni Purāṇa. (See full article at Story of Dvādaśāditya from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

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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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