Tarakavadha, Tārakavadha: 3 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Tārakavadha (तारकवध) refers to the “destruction of Tāraka”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.10 (“Boasting of Tāraka”).—Accordingly, as Tāraka-Asura fought with the Gods: “After preventing Vīrabhadra, Kumāra, the slayer of enemies, desired the destruction of Tāraka (tārakavadha) after remembering the lotus-like feet of Śiva. Then the powerful Kārttikeya of great splendour roared. Angrily he got ready for the fight. He was surrounded by a vast army. Shouts of victory were raised by the gods and the Gaṇas. He was eulogised by the celestial sages with pleasing words. [...]”.

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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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[«previous next»] — Tarakavadha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Tārakavadha (तारकवध) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—from Matsyapurāṇa. Poona. 386.

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

Tārakavadha (तारकवध):—[=tāraka-vadha] [from tāraka > tāra] m. ‘Tāraka-slaughter’, Name of [Śiva-purāṇa ii, 18.]

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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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