Upakicakas, Upakīcakas: 1 definition


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Alternative spellings of this word include Upakichakas.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Upakicakas in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Upakīcakas (उपकीचकस्).—Kīcaka, the brother-in-law of King Virāṭa, had one hundred and five brothers. They are called Upakīcakas. Kīcaka and the Upakīcakas were born of a portion of Kālakeya an asura. At the palace of Virāṭa, Kīcaka harassed Pāñcālī and was killed in the night by Bhīma. (See under Kīcaka). Hearing about the death of Kīcaka, the hundred and five Upakīcakas came there and decided to burn Pāñcālī also, because they thought she was the cause of the death of their elder brother. They bound and carried her to the cremation ground. Hearing her loud cry, Bhīma jumped over the wall and ran to the cremation ground. He uprooted a tree, killed all the hundred and five Upakīcakas and brought Pāñcālī to the palace. (Mahābhārata Virāṭa Parva, Chapter 23).

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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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