Irimpu: 1 definition


Irimpu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Irimpu (इरिम्पु).—A Malayalam word meaning 'iron'. The metal iron originated in the following way. The Devas sought Brahmā’s protection against the onslaughts of Tārakāsura, who had obtained a boon to the effect that he could be killed only by a son born to Śiva. And, implored by Brahmā and others Śiva entered into the sex act with Pārvatī. The impact shook the universe. Agni separated them from the process and the semen of Śiva dropped in Agni. Agni deposited it in the Gaṅgā. The Gaṅgā could not bear it and it coursed through her (Gaṅgā's) arteries and out of it was born Subrahmaṇya. Also from the particles of the semen gold and silver were produced. From the intensity of the heat were produced iron and copper. See under Subrahmaṇya. (Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Bāla Kāṇḍa, Canto 37).

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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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