Vajradamshtra, aka: Vajradaṃṣṭra, Vajra-damshtra; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Vajradaṃṣṭra can be transliterated into English as Vajradamstra or Vajradamshtra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


[Vajradamshtra in Purana glossaries]

1) Vajradaṃṣṭra (वज्रदंष्ट्र).—A ferocious giant who was a follower of Rāvaṇa. In Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Yuddha Kāṇḍa, Sarga 54, mention is made that this giant was killed by Aṅgada in the Rāma-Rāvaṇa battle.

2) Vajradaṃṣṭra (वज्रदंष्ट्र).—A captain of the army of Tripurāsura. It is stated in Gaṇeśa Purāṇa that Tripurāsura gave his captain clothes, villages etc. as presents, for bringing Pātāla (netherworld) under control.

(Source): Puranic Encyclopaedia

Vajradaṃṣṭra (वज्रदंष्ट्र).—An Asura who took part in the Devāsura war between Bali and Indra;1 helped in the churning of the ocean.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 10. 20.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 249. 67.
(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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Vajradamshtra in Sanskrit glossaries]

Vajradaṃṣṭra (वज्रदंष्ट्र).—a kind of insect.

Derivable forms: vajradaṃṣṭraḥ (वज्रदंष्ट्रः).

Vajradaṃṣṭra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vajra and daṃṣṭra (दंष्ट्र).

(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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