Talajangha, aka: Tālajaṅgha, Tālajaṅghā; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Tālajaṅgha (तालजङ्घ).—Jayadhvaja, fifth son of Kārttavīrya, got a son named Tālajaṅgha. The sons of this valiant man are called Tālajaṅghas. There was once a great fight between Vītihotra, the eldest of these sons, and Paraśurāma. (Chapter 88, Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Tālajaṅgha (तालजङ्घ).—The son of Jayadhvaja and father of one hundred sons (Tālajanghas—Vītihotra being the elder). The Tālajangha line came to an end by Aurva's power.1 Afraid of Paraśurāma he escaped to the Himalayas and returned after peace was restored. Led an expedition to Ayodhyā whose king Phalgutantra fled with his wife and child;2 defeated Bāhu, but was defeated by his own son, Sagara.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 23. 28; Matsya-purāṇa 43. 47; Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 122; 94. 50.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 69. 51; 47. 67, 78.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 3. 26, 40-1.

1b) A commander of Kuṭilākṣa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 29. 16-18.

1c) A class of Kṣatriyas defeated by Sagara;1 the collective name of the 100 sons of Tālajangha and a Haihaya clan; of them five gaṇas could be distinguished; Vītihotra, Bhoja, Avantya, Tuṇḍikera and Tālajangha.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 8. 5; 23. 28.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 48. 23-5; 63. 120 and 134; 69. 51-3; Matsya-purāṇa 43. 48; Vāyu-purāṇa 94. 51-2.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Tālajaṅghā (तालजङ्घा) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. V.72.13, V.72.13) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Tālajaṅghā) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Tālajaṅgha (तालजङ्घ) is the name of a Bhūta, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 108. Accordingly, as Hariśikha said to Naravāhanadatta: “... at nightfall I went into the cemetery [near Ujjayinī] and proceeded to construct a pyre with the logs there. I lighted it, and began to worship the fire, and while I was thus engaged a prince of the demons, named Tālajaṅgha, came up to me, and said to me: ‘Why do you enter the fire? Your master is alive, and you shall be united with him, now that he has obtained the supernatural powers he desired’”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Tālajaṅgha, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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