Gajasura, aka: Gajāsura, Gaja-asura; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

[Gajasura in Shilpashastra glossaries]

Gajāsura (गजासुर).—(According to the Śilparatna), the image of Śiva, when he is in the act of killing the Gajāsura, should have ten arms; when it has ten arms, the right hands should carry an akṣamālā, a sword, the śaktyayudha, the daṇḍa and the śūla; whereas the left hands should carry the khaṭvāṅga, a snake, a skull, the kheṭaka and the deer.

(Source): Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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[Gajasura in Purana glossaries]

Gajāsura (गजासुर).—Killed by Gaṇeśa (Śiva-m.p.).*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 27. 98 and 101. Matsya-purāṇa 55. 16.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Gajasura in Hinduism glossaries]

Gajāsura (अघासुर, “elephant demon”) is the Sanskrit name of a demon (asura) slain by Śiva.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Gajāsura (गजासुर).—The sages of Darukavana pine forest sent Gajāsura (elephant demon) to attack Śiva for seducing their wives in his form of Bhikṣātaṇa (enchanting beggar). Śiva killed the demon and performed a dance of victory wearing his hide. There is a nother myth cycle in which Śiva offers Gajāsura, who had performed much penance, a boon and the latter requests that the Lord reside in his stomach. Eventually Pārvatī enlists Viṣṇu and Śiva’s bull Nanti (Nandi) to coax the demon to let Śiva out of his stomach. Śiva agrees to the demon’s rquest to be spiritually liberated, and his decapitation of the demon is said to achieve this effect. Later, Śiva uses Gajāsura’s head as a substitute for his son Gaṇeśa’s head, which he had severed in a fit of anger.

(Source): Google Books: Interpreting Devotion

Gajasura (गजासुर): Gajasura (elephant demon) is the name used to refer to demon Nila when he took the form of an elephant and attacked Shiva. He was destroyed by Ganapati.

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

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