Kalakeya, Kālakeya: 7 definitions


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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kālakeya (कालकेय).—(KĀLAKHAÑJAS). Birth. The Asuras who were born to Kālā (Kālikā) by Kaśyapa Prajāpati, the son of Marīci and Brahmā’s grandson. General. "Kālakeya" is not the proper name of a particular Asura. The sons of Kālā (Kālikā) are all collectively called Kālakeyas. They number about 60,000. Sometimes they fought under the leadership of Vṛtrāsura and at other times under other Asura leaders. Agastya and the Kālakeyas. Once the Kālakeyas started a campaign of hatred against Brāhmaṇas. At nightfall they used to enter Brāhmaṇa premises and commit murders, disturb their yāgas, etc. The Brāhmaṇas complained to the sage Agastya. Agastya set out to capture the Kālakeyas, who were alarmed and hid themselves in the ocean. Agastya dried up the ocean by drinking it. But some of the Kālakeyas escaped and fled to Pātāla. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 101). Arjuna and the Kālakeyas. The headquarters of the Asuras was Hiraṇyapura, situated near Devaloka. Once they allied themselves with thousands of other Asuras called "Nivātakavacas" and launched an attack on Devaloka. Indra sent his charioteer Mātali and brought Arjuna to Devaloka. Arjuna defeated the Nivātakavacas and Kālakeyas in battle. A large number of Kālakeyas were killed in the battle. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva Chapters 172-175). (See full article at Story of Kālakeya from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kālakeya (कालकेय) refers to a group of Asuras, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.16 (“The battle of the gods”).—Accordingly, as Jalandhara commanded the Asuras: “O Excellent Asuras, put up a stiff fight with Indra and other gods who are always cowardly though they have a huge army. At my bidding let all these come out with their entire army—the Mauryas numbering a hundred thousand, the Dhūmras in hundreds, the Asuras and the Kālakeyas in crores and the Kālakas, the Daurhṛdas and the Kaṅkas in lakhs. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kālakeya (कालकेय).—Sons of Marīci, a dānava; vanquished by Rāvaṇa and by Durgā;1 their mother is Kālā.2 Asuras in the Devakūṭa hill.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 255; IV. 29. 76; Matsya-purāṇa 6. 23; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 21. 9.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 171. 59.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 40. 15.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kālakeya (कालकेय) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.170.9) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kālakeya) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Kālakeya (कालकेय):—[from kāla] m. (a [metronymic] [from] kālakā), Name of an Asura, [Harivaṃśa 2286]

2) [v.s. ...] m. [plural] Name of a Dānava race, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa; Rāmāyaṇa vii, 12, 2.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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