Taraputra, aka: Tāraputra, Tara-putra; 1 Definition(s)


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Tāraputra (तारपुत्र) refers to a group of deities known as the “children of Daitya Tāraka”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.12:—“[...] when they abandoned worshipping the lord of the Devas—Maheśvara in the form of the Liṅga, the sons of Tāra along with their kinsmen perished. They had been enchanted by me. By my illusion they were driven far by me. When they were devoid of Śiva, they were all destroyed and exterminated”.

Note: The Tāraputras are the children of Daitya Tāraka who was conquered by Indra with the help of Skanda—the son of Śiva. The episode is the central theme of Kālidāsa’s Kumārasambhava.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation
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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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