Praheti; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Praheti (प्रहेति).—A demon. Once Brahmā, the creator, became hungry and in his anger he produced some sounds which became Rākṣasas and Yakṣas. When one said "Rakṣāmahe" the rākṣasas (demons) came into being and when the other said 'Yakṣāmahe' the Yakṣas came into being. It was Praheti who became the father of the rākṣasas and Heti, the father of the Yakṣas. Both of them became mighty and powerful like Madhu and Kaiṭabha. Of these Praheti knew that only by virtuous life could one attain happiness in the next world and so remaining unmarried went to the valley of the Himālayas and doing penance there attained mokṣa. Heti when he came of age married Bhayā, sister of Kāla, and got a son named Vidyutkeśa. Vidyutkeśa married Sālakaṭaṅkā, daughter of Sandhyā. The rākṣasa race born of them lived in Pātāla and Laṅkā. In the Rāma-Rāvaṇa battle all were killed.

2) Praheti (प्रहेति).—A demon. This demon travels along with a Sūrya named Aryaman during the month of Vaiśākha (May). (12th Skandha, Bhāgavata).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Praheti (प्रहेति).—A partisan of Vṛtra: took part in the Devāsura war between Bali and Indra and fought with Mitra;1 the Rākṣasa presiding over the month of Mādhava;2 a son of Yātudhāna and father of Mālyavan and others: a Rākṣasa in the Vaidyuta hill;3 with the sun in the spring;4 father of Puloma.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 10. 20; VIII. 10. 20 and 28.
  • 2) Ib XII. 11. 34.
  • 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 16; 23. 4; III. 7. 89 and 91.
  • 4) Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 5; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 5.
  • 5) Ib. II. 10. 5; Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 127.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Praheti (प्रहेति) is the name of a Buddha under whom Śākyamuni (or Gautama, ‘the historical Buddha’) acquired merit along the first through nine bhūmis, according to the Mahāvastu. There are in total ten bhūmis representing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva’s path towards enlightenment.

Praheti is but one among the 500 Buddhas enumerated in the Mahāvastu during a conversation between Mahākātyāyana and Mahākāśyapa, both principle disciples of Gautama Buddha. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.

Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Bhaya (भय).—mfn. (-yaḥ-yā-yaṃ) Frightful, fearful, horrible, dreadful. n. (-yaṃ) 1. Fear, alarm...
Mitra (मित्र).—(1) friend (in Sanskrit nt.), sometimes with m. gender (also in Pali; not by in...
Rākṣasa (राक्षस).—mfn. (-saḥ-sī-saṃ) Infernal, demoniacal. m. (-saḥ) An evil spirit, a demon, a...
Māli (मालि).—n. of a nāga king: Māy 247.15 (n. sg. Mālir).
Madhu (मधु).—mfn. (-dhuḥ-dhvī-dhu) Sweet, literally or figuratively. n. (-dhu) 1. Spirituous li...
Vasanta (वसन्त) refers to the “spring season” in the traditional Indian calendar, and consists ...
Sukeśa (सुकेश).—n. of a Buddha: Mmk 499.21.
1) Sumālī (सुमाली).—A Rākṣasa, who was Sukeśa’s son and brother of Mālī. When Agastya cursed an...
Heti (हेति).—An Asura. (See under Praheti).
Kaikasī (कैकसी).—Mother of Rāvaṇa. Birth. From the wrath of Brahmā the giant Praheti was born a...
Puṣpotkaṭā (पुष्पोत्कटा).—Mother of Kubera. Genealogy. From Brahmā were born two demons Heti an...
Vidyutkeśa (विद्युत्केश).—A Rākṣasa (giant). (For details see under Praheti).
Mahogra (महोग्र).—A son of Praheti, the Rākṣasa.** Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 91.

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