Kshemaka, aka: Kṣemaka; 4 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Kṣemaka can be transliterated into English as Ksemaka or Kshemaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Kṣemaka (क्षेमक) is the name of a gaṇa (attendant of Śiva), mentioned in the Skandapurāṇa 4.2.53. In this chapter, Śiva (Giriśa) summons his attendants (gaṇas) and ask them to venture towards the city Vārāṇasī (Kāśī) in order to find out what the yoginīs, the sun-god, Vidhi (Brahmā) were doing there.
While the gaṇas such as Kṣemaka were staying at Kāśī, they were desirous but unable of finding a weakness in king Divodaśa who was ruling there. Kāśī is described as a fascinating place beyond the range of Giriśa’s vision, and as a place where yoginīs become ayoginīs, after having come in contact with it. Kāśī is described as having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.
The Skandapurāṇa narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is the largest Mahāpurāṇa composed of over 81,000 metrical verses, with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purāṇa
1) Kṣemaka (क्षेमक).—A Rākṣasa (giant). In Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa, Chapter 2, it is mentioned that this Rākṣasa had lived in Kāśī and that the King Divodāsa killed this Rākṣasa and built a city there.
2) Kṣemaka (क्षेमक).—A serpent (Nāga) born to Kaśyapaprajāpati of his wife Kadrū. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 53, Stanza 11).
3) Kṣemaka (क्षेमक).—A King who was a luminary in the palace of Yudhiṣṭhira. Mention is made in Mahābhārata, Udyoga Parva, Chapter 4, Stanza 24, that the Pāṇḍavas had sent invitation to this King for the battle of Bhārata.Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
1a) Kṣemaka (क्षेमक).—The son of Nimi, the last king of his line.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 44-5.
1b) A son of Medhātithi, and founder of the kingdom Kṣemakam in Plakṣadvīpam.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 37 and 39; Vāyu-purāṇa 33. 33; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 4. 4-5.
1c) A Rākṣasa who made Benares desolate.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 67. 27.
1d) A son of Nirāmitra; (Nimitta, Viṣṇu-purāṇa), the last son of the Aila line (Paurava) (Kurus, Viṣṇu-purāṇa); with him ends the source of the Brahma-kṣetra stock, the family honoured of gods and sages; the last dynasty consisting of 25 kings.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 245; Matsya-purāṇa 50. 87-8; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 277-79; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 21. 16-18.
1e) A son of Maṇivara.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 160.
- 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 39; 19. 16; Vāyu-purāṇa 49. 14; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 4. 4-5.
- 2) Matsya-purāṇa 122. 25.
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.
Itihasa (narrative history)
Kṣemaka (क्षेमक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.31.11, I.35) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kṣemaka) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).
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