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Trishanku, aka: Triśaṅku; 3 Definition(s)


Trishanku means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Hinduism


Triśaṅku (त्रिशङ्कु).—Satyavrata (s.v): the son of Tribandhana and father of Hariścandra; became a Caṇḍāla by the curse of his Guru; three spikes meant for him by Vasiṣṭha. Result of his three sins—displeasing his father, killing the Guru's cow and eating unconsecrated flesh; banished from the kingdom; seeing this Viśvāmitra consoled him and agreed to be his Guru; the latter had him crowned after a purification bath in the river, Karmanāśā near the Vindhyas; this enabled him to go to heaven bodily and get a place among the planets all in the presence of Vasiṣṭha; though thrust down headlong from heaven, he was stopped and given a place in the sky.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 7. 5-7; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 108; Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 108-13. Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 3. 21.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

about this context:

The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Triśaṅku (त्रिशङ्कु):—Another name for Satyavrata (son of Tribandhana, who was the son of Prāruṇa). (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.7.5-6)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Trishanku was a King in the Solar dynasty, the son of Prithu. His original name was Satyavrata. His son was Dhundumara. Satyavrata committed three sins, and hence he got the name Trishanku. First, while a prince, he misbehaved in the kingdom and was temporarily exiled. Next, he killed the milch cow of his perceptor Vasishta. His third sin was that he used the unsanctified meat of his kill as food.

He wished to ascend to heaven in his mortal body, and asked his perceptor Vasishta to do the needful rights. Vasishta refused, for it was against the laws of nature. He then approached the sons of Vasishta. They were angry that the King had asked them, deeming it an insult to their father, so the cursed the King to become afflicted with a debilitating disease.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

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