Suryaketu, Sūryaketu: 3 definitions



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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Sūryaketu (सूर्यकेतु).—A daitya (demon). Once this daitya conquered the world of the gods and expelled Indra. At that time Purañjaya was the King of Ayodhyā, who was born in the Solar dynasty. Indra requested for his help. Purañjaya agreed to help Indra, on condition that Indra should stand as an ox and that he would sit on the hump of that ox and fight. Accordingly he sat on the 'Kakud' (hump) of the ox and fought in the battle, killed Sūryaketu, and reinstated Indra in his former position. Because he sat on the 'Kakud', Purañjaya got the name Kakutstha. The dynasty of the King came to be called by the name Kākutstha. (Kamba Rāmāyaṇa, Yuddhakāṇḍa).

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Suryaketu in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Sūryaketu (सूर्यकेतु):—[=sūrya-ketu] [from sūrya > sūr] mfn. (sūrya-) having the sun for a flag (or ‘bright as the sun’), [Atharva-veda]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a king, [Buddhist literature]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Sūryaketu (सूर्यकेतु):—

1) adj. die Sonne zum Feldzeichen habend oder sonnenhell: de.a.e.āḥ [Atharvavedasaṃhitā 5, 21, 12.] —

2) m. Nomen proprium eines Fürsten [ŚṚṄGABHERYAVADĀNA 2.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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