Tilottama, aka: Tila-uttama, Tilottamā; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Tilottamā (तिलोत्तमा) is the name of an Apsara who cursed King Sahasrānīka after he ignored her appeal, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 9. The curse was uttered as follows: “King, thou shalt be separated for fourteen years from her (Mṛgāvatī) who has so engrossed thy mind that thou dost not hear my speech.”

2) Tilottamā (तिलोत्तमा) is the name of a heavenly women created by Viśvakarman at the command of Brahmā, in order to destroy Sunda and Upasunda, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 15. Sunda and Upasunda are two Asura brothers, surpassing the three worlds in valour, whose story is told by sage Nārada to Udayana (king of Vatsa) and Yaugandharāyaṇa, at an auspicious hour, before starting their journey to Lāvānaka.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Tilottamā, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Tilottamā (तिलोत्तमा).—A prominent celestial maiden. Birth. Tilottamā was born to Pradhā, wife of Kaśyapa, grandson of Brahmā and son of Marīci. Alambuṣā, Miśrakeśī, Vidyutparṇā, Aruṇā, Rakṣitā, Rambhā, Manoramā, Subāhu, Keśinī, Suratā, Surajā and Supriyā were all sisters of Tilottamā. (Chapter 65, Ādi Parva). (See full article at Story of Tilottamā from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Tilottamā (तिलोत्तमा).—The Apsaras1 presiding over the month of Iṣa (Māgha and Phālguna, Vāyu-purāṇa); born out of the fire altar of Brahmā;2 resides in the Sun's chariot in the month of Māgha; cursed by Aṣtāvakra.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 43; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 22; III. 7. 6; IV. 33. 20; Matsya-purāṇa 13. 53; Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 22; 69. 5.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 59.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 16; V. 38. 73 and 77.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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)

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Tilottama is an Apsara in Indra's court. In Sanskrit, Tila means seasme, and since Vishwakarma created her from from seasme seeds (on the advice of Lord Brahma), she is known as Tilottama.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Tilottamā (तिलोत्तमा) is an Apsara (celestial nymph) described in Hindu mythology. "Tila" is the Sanskrit word for sesame seed or a bit and "uttama" means better or higher. Tilottama therefore means the being whose smallest particle is the finest or one who is composed of the finest and highest qualities.

In the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Tilottama is described to have been created by the divine architect Vishwakarma, at Brahma's request, by taking the best quality of everything as the ingredients. She was responsible for bringing about the mutual destruction of the Asuras (demons), Sunda and Upasunda. Even gods like Shiva and Indra are described to be enamoured of Tilottama.

While a legend talks about a pre-birth as an ugly widow, another narrates how she was cursed to be born as a Daitya (demon) princess Usha by sage Durvasa.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Tilottamā (तिलोत्तमा).—Name of an Apsaras.

Tilottamā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tila and uttamā (उत्तमा).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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