Talaketu, Tālaketu, Tala-ketu, Tālakētu: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Tālaketu (तालकेतु).—A demon. Śrī Kṛṣṇa captured this demon from the Mahendra mountain in the Irāvatī river and killed him at Haṃsanemipatha. (Śloka 34, Chapter 12, Vana Parva).

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Tālaketu (तालकेतु) is the name of a Gaṇa-chief who participated in Vīrabhadra’s campaign against Dakṣa, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.33. Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“O Nārada, listen to the numerical strength of the most important and courageous of those groups. [...] Virūpākṣa, the lord of Gaṇas, with sixty-four crores. So also the chiefs of Gaṇas Tālaketu, Ṣaḍāsya and Pañcāsya. [...] Thus at the bidding of Śiva, the heroic Vīrabhadra went ahead followed by crores and crores, thousands and thousands, hundreds and hundreds of Gaṇas [viz., Tālaketu]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Tālaketu (तालकेतु).—A Dānava with Manuṣya dharma;1 stationed at the northern gate of the Śūnyaka city with ten Akṣauhiṇis.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 16; Vāyu-purāṇa 68. 16.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 22. 25.

1b) The palm tree as the banner of Baladeva.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 1. 95.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tālaketu (तालकेतु).—an epithet of Bhīṣma.

Derivable forms: tālaketuḥ (तालकेतुः).

Tālaketu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tāla and ketu (केतु).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Tālaketu (तालकेतु).—m. (having as banner the palmyra tree), epithet of Bhīṣma, Mahābhārata 5, 5081.

Tālaketu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tāla and ketu (केतु).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Tālaketu (तालकेतु).—[masculine] bearer of the palm banner, [Epithet] of [several] heroes.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Tālaketu (तालकेतु):—[=tāla-ketu] [from tāla] m. ‘palm-bannered’, Bhīṣma, [Mahābhārata v f.]

2) [v.s. ...] Bala-Rāma, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa iv, 1, 37]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of an adversary of Kṛṣṇa, [Mahābhārata iii, 492; Harivaṃśa 9141]

4) [v.s. ...] ‘having the tāla hell as a banner’, Name of a Dānava (younger brother of Pātāla-ketu), [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa xxii, 6.]

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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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