Nivatakavaca, Nivātakavaca, Nivātakavacā, Nivata-kavaca: 12 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Nivatakavacha.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Nivatakavaca in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Nivātakavaca (निवातकवच).—A sect of Daityas. Birth. Daityas were the off-springs of Kaśyapaprajāpati by Diti. Two sons called Hiraṇyākṣa and Hiraṇyakaśipu and a daughter called Siṃhikā were born to the Prajāpati of Diti. Siṃhikā was married by Vipracitti and to them were born Rāhu and others who became famous as the Saiṃhikeyas. Hiraṇyakaśipu had four famous sons called Anuhlāda, Hlāda, Prahlāda (the great devotee of Viṣṇu) and Saṃhlāda. (Some texts refer to them as Anuhrāda, Hrāda, Prahrāda and Saṃhrāda). Hlāda’s son was called Hrāda, Saṃhlāda’s sons were called Āyuṣmān, Śibi and Bāṣkala, and Prahlāda’s son was called Virocana. Mahābali was Virocana’s son and Bāṇa was the eldest of the hundred sons of Mahābali.

Four crores of asuras called Nivātakavacas were born in the family of Prahlāda. The army of the Asuras, which routed the Devas many a time, was formed by the Nivātakavacas and Kālakeyas. (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 19). Fight against Rāvaṇa. After securing boons from Brahmā Nivātakavacas lived in the city of Maṇimatī and they were a terror to the world. Rāvaṇa longed once to defeat them and so besieged their city with his army. The two sides fought fiercely for hundreds of years. At last Brahmā intervened and conciliated them. From that day onwards the Nivātakavacas became friends of Rāvaṇa. (Uttara Rāmāyaṇa). Annihilation. The Nivātakavacas in company with the Kālakeyas attacked Devaloka. Indra, who could not withstand the attack, sent his charioteer Mātali to Arjuna and brought him down. Most of the Nivātakavacas and Kālakeyas were killed in the fight by Arjuna. (See under Kālakeya). (See full article at Story of Nivātakavaca from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Nivātakavaca (निवातकवच) refers to a group of Dānavas (demons), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.41 (“Description of the Altar-Structure”).—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu said to Indra: “O lord of Śacī, formerly you had been enchanted by the demons Nivātakavacas, your previous enemies, by the power of their great spell. O Indra, at my instance, this mountain Himavat and others too were rendered wingless. Let the mountains now create magic on remembering that and wish to surpass us foolishly. We are not to be afraid of our enemies. O Indra, Śiva favourably disposed to His devotees, will undoubtedly look to our welfare”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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

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: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Nivātakavaca (निवातकवच) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.170.61) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Nivātakavaca) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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.

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[«previous next»] — Nivatakavaca in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nivātakavacā (निवातकवचा).—m. (pl.) Name of a tribe.

Derivable forms: nivātakavacāḥ (निवातकवचाः).

Nivātakavacā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nivāta and kavacā (कवचा).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nivātakavaca (निवातकवच).—m.

(-caḥ) A demon, the grandson of Hiranyakasipu. E. nivāta, and kavaca a cuirass.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nivātakavaca (निवातकवच).—(wearing an impenetrable coat of mail), m. a class of demons, [Arjunasamāgama] 5, 10.

Nivātakavaca is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nivāta and kavaca (कवच).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Nivātakavaca (निवातकवच):—[=ni-vāta-kavaca] [from ni-vāta] m. one whose armour is imp°, Name of the grandson of Hiraṇya-kaśipu

2) [v.s. ...] [plural] of a class of Dānavas or Daityas, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Purāṇa]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nivātakavaca (निवातकवच):—[ni-vāta-kavaca] (caḥ) 1. m. A demon.

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