Gayasura, aka: Gayāsura; 1 Definition(s)


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Gayāsura (गयासुर).—Had a stone over his head on which Brahmā performed sacrifices; Gaya perforhmed yāga in Śvetakalpavārāha; after him the name for the place; the son who goes to Gayā, he who resides at Gayā for three pakṣas purifies seven descendants; or residence at least for 15, 7 or 3 days; one offers piṇḍa with tila to forefathers and to oneself; the four heinous offences are expiated with the ritual at Gayā.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 105. 5-13. ch. 106. (whole): 108. 8: 109. 13.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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