Tarakacarita, Tārakacarita, Taraka-carita: 1 definition
Tarakacarita 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.
Alternative spellings of this word include Tarakacharita.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Tārakacarita (तारकचरित) refers to the “story of (how) Tāraka (was slain)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.11 (“The Victory of Kumāra”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “Then Kumāra told the Nāga child Kumuda—‘Go home fearlessly. That Asura has been slain along with his army’. On hearing the words of Guha, Kumuda, the son of the Nāga chief eulogised and bowed to Kumāra and went to Pātāla in great delight. Thus the story of the victory of Kumāra, including the wonderful way in which Tāraka was slain (tārakacarita) [caritaṃ tārakavadhaṃ], has been narrated by me, O noble sage. [...]”.
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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