Nalakubara, aka: Nalakūbara; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Nalakūbara (नलकूबर).—A son of Kubera and Ṛddhi; as an attendant of Rudra became very proud and with his brother Maṇigrīva enjoyed maidens' embrace on the Ganges, all naked. Nārada saw this when the ladies put on their dress while Nalakūbara and his brother continued to remain naked owing to their drunkenness. The sage cursed them to become trees for a hundred divine years without losing the pūrvavāsana. So they stood till Kṛṣṇa redeemed them by bringing down the trees; their prayer to Kṛṣṇa; set out to the north, permitted by Kṛṣṇa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 9. 22. 23; 10. (whole); Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 46. Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 41.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Nalakūbara (नलकूबर) is the name of a guhyaka (demigods), or servant of Kubera (treasurer of the gods). Nalakūbara and Maṇigrīva were metamorphosed and transformed into trees due to a curse inflicted on them by Nārada, the celestial musician. The two guhyaka demigods, were deeply engrossed in amorous activities with their consorts, when Nārada arrived there. They did not pay attention to his arrival and continued their romantic deeds. Enraged by this negligence on their part, he cursed them to become twin Arjuna trees. When they began to beg his pardon Nārada advised them to pray Hari (Viṣṇu) with pure devotion. They would be relieved of their curse when the Lord glances at them compassionately.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (purāṇa)
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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.

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