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Nivatakavaca, aka: Nivātakavaca; 2 Definition(s)

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Purāṇa

Nivātakavaca (निवातकवच).—The sons of Samhlāda; could not be slain by the Gods, Gandharvas, Nāgas and Rākṣasas;1 Flourished in the age of Prahlāda;2 A Dānava group of Rasātala, resident in Hiraṇyapura;3 took part in the Devāsura war between Bali and Indra: fought with the Maruts;4 defeated by Arjuna.5

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 6. 28-9.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 21. 14.
  • 3) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 24. 30; X. 89. 34 (5)
  • 4) Ib. VIII. 10. 22, 34.
  • 5) Ib. X. 89. 34. (5); Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 5. 37.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Nivātakavaca (निवातकवच) were the sons of Saṃhlāda younger brother of Prahlāda. By a boon granted by Brahmā they were in occupation of Indra’s former submarine town and had become troublesome to gods. Indra went to see Brahmā and asked him the way to regain his splendid city. Brahmā replied: “They will be destroyed by another body of yours.” (Vanaparva, adhyāya 172) Arjuna is the son of Indra, which means that he is another body of Indra. So he was commissioned to kill the sea demons viz. Nivātakavaca.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (purāṇa)Purāṇa book cover
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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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