Kautukadarshaka, Kautukadarśaka, Kautuka-darshaka: 1 definition


Kautukadarshaka 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.

The Sanskrit term Kautukadarśaka can be transliterated into English as Kautukadarsaka or Kautukadarshaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Kautukadarshaka in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Kautukadarśaka (कौतुकदर्शक) refers to “showing off one’s might”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.8 (“The battle between the gods and Asuras”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] In the meantime, the master stopped the war. He prevented Vīrabāhu and others immediately in order to show his own might (mahā-kautukadarśaka). At his bidding Vīrabhadra returned from the battle. The heroic leader of the Asuras, Tāraka, was still in his unabated fury. Then the Asura showered arrows on the gods and put them to distress. He was skilful in the use of various missiles in the war. [...]”.

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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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