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Kukkutasura, aka: Kukkuṭāsura, Kukkuta-asura; 1 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Kukkuṭāsura (कुक्कुटासुर) is depicted as a sculpture on the second pillar of the southern half of the maṇḍapa of the temple of Lokeśvara.—The narrative starts with a baby Kṛṣṇa in the cradle and a bird on his chest. Except Padmapurāṇa, no other text mentions the episode of a bird on him. According to this purāṇa, a demon called Kukkuṭāsura, cock like demon, was sent by Kaṃsa to kill Kṛṣṇa. The demon came in the form of a cock, tried his best to kill the baby Kṛṣṇa with his beak. But, in no time, Kṛṣṇa killed him with his baby fists.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)Śilpaśāstra book cover
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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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