Shunassakha, Śunassakha: 1 definition


Shunassakha 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 Śunassakha can be transliterated into English as Sunassakha or Shunassakha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Śunassakha (शुनस्सख).—Indra. Once Indra disguised himself as a Sannyāsī and travelled in the company of a dog. At that time, he made an attempt to steal lotus flower from Brahmasaras in Kauśikī tīrtha. Indra struck down at a single blow, Yātudhānī, the woman guard of the saras, who opposed him. From this time when Indra went about in the company of the dog, he got the name "Śunassakha". (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 94).

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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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