Elaputra, Elāputra: 2 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Elāputra (एलापुत्र).—A serpent born to Kaśyapa of his wife Kadrū. This serpent was very intelligent. Once there arose a dispute between Vinatā and Kadrū over the colour of the tail of the horse of Indra, Uccaiḥśravas. Kadrū argued that there were black hairs in the tail while Vinatā held there were none. Really there were no black hairs and Kadrū to win the argument wanted her sons to go and hang on the hairs to create a black colour. The serpents like Vāsuki and others refused to do so and Kadrū then cursed them saying that they would all be burnt to death at the Sarpasatra of Janamejaya. To take measures to get free from this curse a meeting of the serpents under the leadership of Śeṣa and Vāsuki was held and in that assembly Elāputra made a stirring speech. (Chapter 38, Ādi Parva, Mahābhārata).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Elāputra (एलापुत्र).—Heard the viṣṇu purāṇa from Kambala and narrated it to Vedaśiras who went to Pātāla.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa VI. 8. 47-8.
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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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