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Kumbhakarna, aka: Kumbhakarṇa; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Kumbhakarṇa (कुम्भकर्ण).—A son of Viśravas and Kaikarī, killed by Rāma in the Lankā war;1 a brother of Rāvaṇa.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 1. 37; VII. 1. 43; 10. 36; IX. 10. 18; Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 41.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 47; IV. 29. 113 and 116.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Kumbhakarṇa (कुम्भकर्ण, “jar’s-ear”):—In Vedic hinduism, he is one of the half-brothers of Kubera, who was the Vedic God of wealth presiding over all earthly treasures.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

1) Kumbhakarna is a rakshasa and brother of Ravana in the Indian Ramayana epic. Despite his monstrous size and great hunger, he was described to be of good character, though he killed and ate many Hindu monks just to show his power. Kumbhakarna had two sons, Kumbha and Nikumbha, who too fought in the war against Rama and were killed.

2) Kumbhakarna (कुम्भकर्ण): Brother of Ravana, King of Lanka, who was asleep most of the time because of the curse of Brahma.

etymology: Kumbhakarna (Telugu: కుంభకర్ణ/కుంభకర్ణుడు Kumbhakarṇa/kumbhakarṇudu,Tamil: கும்பகருணன் Kumbakarunan, Sanskrit: कुम्भकर्ण Kumbhakarṇa, Malay: Kumbakarna, Indonesian: Kumbhakarno, Burmese: Kumbikhanna, Thai: Kumphakan)

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Kumbhakarna was the brother of King Ravana of Lanka. Ravana, Kumbhakarna, Vibhishana were the sons of a sage named Vishrava, born to a Rakshasa woman named Kaikasi. They had a sister named Shurpanakha. Kubera is their half-brother, born to another wife of Vishrava.

He was a giant in stature, and consumed huge amounts of food when he was awake. One of the most powerful warriors on Ravana's side, he was also very knowledgeable about proper conduct. Like his brother Vibhishana, he counselled Ravana to return Sita to Rama to avert the war, but unlike Vibhishana, he did not abandon Ravana when his advice was rejected.

He fought valiantly against the Vanara army of Rama, causing great damage. Ultimately, he was slain by Laxmana with the help of a divine missile. Though he fought on the side of evil, his devotion to Ravana and his loyalty to his kinsmen is highly praised, and is contrasted favorably with the "treachery" of his brother Vibhishana, who fought on Rama's side.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

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