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Shakatasura, aka: Śakaṭāsura, Shakata-asura; 2 Definition(s)


Shakatasura means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Śakaṭāsura can be transliterated into English as Sakatasura or Shakatasura, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Śakaṭāsura (शकटासुर) is depicted as a sculpture on the second pillar of the southern half of the maṇḍapa of the temple of Lokeśvara.—A cart is carved at the feet of the baby Kṛṣṇa. Kaṃsa sent another demon named Śakaṭāsura. Assuming the form of a cart he came to kill the child, but Kṛṣṇa, just with a kick, reduced him into pieces. According to Bhāgavata and other texts, at the time of this exploit Kṛṣṇa was a three month old baby. Śakaṭāsura is shown in the form of a wheel and a head emanating from it with hands folded, as an expression of his surrender.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)Śilpaśāstra book cover
context information

Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Sakaṭāsura (सकटासुर, “wheel-demon”) is the Sanskrit name of a demon (asura) sent by Kaṃsa (Kṛṣṇa’s maternal uncle) to kill Kṛṣṇa. These efforts did not succeed.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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