Tataka, aka: Taṭaka; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Tāṭakā (ताटका).—A fierce demoness. It was because of a curse of the sage Agastya that Tāṭakā became a demoness.

There was once a great Yakṣa named Suketu, a son of Surakṣa. He did penance to propitiate Brahmā to get a child and by the blessing of Brahmā Suketu got a daughter named Tāṭakā. Brahmā gave her the strength of a thousand elephants. Taṭakā was by nature interested in cruel and violent deeds and doing deeds of magic. She made Sunda, son of Jharjha, her husband. She got two sons named Mārīca and Subāhu. They also became mighty ones great in deeds by magic.

Once Sunda attacked the āśrama of Agastya in a mood of intoxicated arrogance. Sunda was burnt to death in the fire of his fury. Tāṭakā coming to know of the death of her husband got angry and attacked the āśrama of Agastya with her sons. Agastya cursed them and made them into demons. Tāṭakā and her sons who immediately turned themselves into fierce-looking demons went first to Pātāla with Sumālī, father of the demon race and then went with Rāvaṇa, King of the demons, to Laṅkā and stayed there. With the help of Rāvaṇa, Tāṭakā conquered the great deep forest near Kārūṣa and stayed there with her sons. None, devas, demons or men, dared to step into that forest. Even the Sun or Clouds avoided passing above that forest.

It was at that time that Śrī Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa came to that forest with Viśvāmitra. Tāṭakā attacked Śrī Rāma and Rāma killed her with one arrow. The heavy body of the demoness fell to the ground like a big mountain. Her soul then rose up as a beautiful Gandharva lady and Tāṭakā who was thus released from the curse praised Śrī Rāma and left the place. Chapters 24 to 26 of Bāla Kāṇḍa, Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa and Kamba Rāmāyaṇa).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Tataka was a shape-shifting Yaksha woman, the mother of the demons Subahu and Maricha. She was the daughter of a Yaksha named Suketu, who obtained her by performing a penance directed to Lord Brahma. Suketu had desired a son, but Brahma gave his daughter the strength of a thousand elephants instead.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

taṭakā (तटका).—a P Fresh--a fruit, flower, vegetable, water.

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taṭāka (तटाक).—m S The bank of a river. 2 n A small tank or pond.

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tāṭakā (ताटका).—f (S The name of the sister of rāvaṇa) A vixen, virago, shrew, a Xanthippe. Applied also to a female considered as monstrous and hideous.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

taṭāka (तटाक).—m The bank of a river. n A small tank.

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tāṭakā (ताटका).—f The name of the sister of rāvaṇa A vixen.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Taṭaka (तटक).—A shore or bank.

Derivable forms: taṭakam (तटकम्).

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Taṭāka (तटाक).—A pond (deep enough for the lotus and other aquatic plants); See तडाग (taḍāga).

Derivable forms: taṭākaḥ (तटाकः), taṭākam (तटाकम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tātaka (तातक) or Tātuka or Tāttaka.—all = tattaka (§ 3.2), so much, so great, pl. so many; no such forms are recorded elsewhere; tātaka, only as v.l. of Kashgar recension of SP for tattaka, q.v.; tāttaka, m. pl., Samādh 19.16 (verse); KP 158.3 (prose; twice); 159.5 ff. (prose); tātuka, correl. with yātuka, q.v., Śikṣ 346.16 (verse); Gv 487.17 (here the correl. in 1st ed. is spelled yātaka, in 2d. ed. yātuka) and 18 (verses).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Taṭāka (तटाक).—m.

(-kaḥ) A pond deep enough for the lotus and other aquatic flowers. E. taṭa a band, and ak to go, affix ac; or taṭa-ākan also taḍāka; also tāṭāka and taṭīka.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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. 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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taṭakā tōḍaṇēṃ (तटका तोडणें) [or तोडून टाकणें, tōḍūna ṭākaṇēṃ].—a formation from taṭa!) To repl...
taṭakā-tōḍaṇēṃ (तटका-तोडणें).—Reply flatly. Settle a dispute.
Marīca (मरीच) refers to “pepper”, which forms a preferable constituent for a great offering, ac...
Subāhu (सुबाहु) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as ...
Talaka (तलक).—n. (-kaṃ) A large pond. E. tala a hole, a hollow, and kan aff.--- OR --- Tālaka (...
Suketu (सुकेतु).—(1) n. of a Pratyekabuddha: Mmk 111.10; (2) n. of a Buddha: Mmk 130.4.
Śuṇḍa (शुण्ड).—m. (-ṇḍaḥ) The exudation from an elephant’s temples. f. (-ṇḍā) 1. A tavern. 2. S...
Tattaka (तत्तक).—f. °ikā, adj. (also, rarely, written tātaka, tāttaka, tātuka, and in mss. some...
Astra (अस्त्र).—n. (-straṃ) 1. A weapon in general. 2. A sword. 3. A bow. 4. A missile weapon. ...
Taḍāka (तडाक).—m. (-kaḥ) A pond or pool, one deep enough for the lotus. f. (-krā) 1. A bank, a ...
Tātuka (तातुक) or Tātaka or Tāttaka.—all = tattaka (§ 3.2), so much, so great, pl. so many; no ...
Jhajha (झझ).—The father of Sunda an Asura who was the father of Mārīca, whose mother was Tāṭakā...
Taṭaga (तटग).—= तडाग (taḍāga) q. v.Derivable forms: taṭagaḥ (तटगः).
Yatukā (यतुका).—f. (-kā) A plant, Chakawat commonly. “vetośāka .”Yatukā can also be spelled as ...
Surakṣaka (सुरक्षक).—A Gandharva King. He was the grandfather of Tāṭakā (See under Tāṭakā).

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