Indrajit, aka: Indra-jit, Indrajīt; 7 Definition(s)

Introduction

Indrajit means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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

Katha (narrative stories)

[Indrajit in Katha glossaries]

Indrajit (इन्द्रजित्) is the name of Rāvaṇa’s son, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 121. Accordingly, “... in course of time that son of Rāvaṇa, who was rightly named Indrajit, carried off the young deer from heaven and took it to his own city Laṅkā. And after a further period had elapsed—Rāvaṇa and Indrajit having been slain by the heroes Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa, to avenge the carrying off of Sītā...”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Indrajit, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Purana

[Indrajit in Purana glossaries]

Indrajit (इन्द्रजित्).—Rāvaṇa’s son, Meghanāda. Genealogy. Descended from Viṣṇu thus:—Viṣṇu,-Brahmā—Pulastya—Viśravas—Rāvaṇa—Meghanāda (Indrajit). (See full article at Story of Indrajit from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Indrajit (इन्द्रजित्).—A son of Rāvaṇa, killed in the Lanka war.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 10. 18; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 6.

1b) A son of Danu.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 6. 19; Vāyu-purāṇa 68. 6.

1c) A tīrtha near Garjanam on the Narmadā.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 190. 3.
(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)

[Indrajit in Hinduism glossaries]

Indrajit was the son of Ravana, the demon-king of Lanka, and his queen Mandodhari. When he was born, he roared like the thunder in the clouds and was given the name of Megha-natha (lord-of-clouds). He performed rigorous penances and obtained many boons from Brahma. He then led the armies of Ravana against the Devas and conquered Indra, their king. From that day, he was known as Indrajit (conqueror-of-Indra).

He was slain by Laxmana, the younger brother of Rama.

(Source): Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

1) Indrajit, a warrior mentioned in the Indian epic Ramayana, was the son of the Lankan king Ravana. The word 'Indrajit' literally means the 'conqueror of Indra (the Hindu king of gods)'. He also known as Meghnad or Meghanad.

Indrajit played an active role in the great war between Rama and Ravana. He was said to be invincible in battle because of a Yajna he used to perform before every battle. He twice defeated Lakshmana and even Rama once, but on the third occasion Lakshmana disrupted the Yajna with the help of Vibhishana and fought with him for three days and three nights and finally killed him.

2) Indrajīt (इन्‍द्र जीत): Son of Ravana, King of Lanka, also known as Meghanath, who conquered Indra, the Lord of Gods and received his name 'Indra-jit' (Victor of India), and who was killed by Rama's brother Lakshmana.

etymology: Indrajit (Sanskrit: इन्द्रजित् Indrajit, Burmese: Indazita, Lao: Inthachi, Yuan: Indhajik, Tamil: Intiracittu, Thai: Inthorochit, Malay: Inderajati) or 'Meghanaad meaning Thunderous''' (Sanskrit: मेघनाद)

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[Indrajit in Jainism glossaries]

Indrajit (इन्द्रजित्) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Indrajit] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

(Source): archive.org: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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