Vajranga, Vajrāṅga, Vajra-anga: 5 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vajrāṅga (वज्राङ्ग).—An asura. This asura was born to Kaśyapa of his wife Diti. Tārakāsura was born to Vajrāṅga of his wife Varāṅgī (For details see under Pārvatī, Para 2)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vajrāṅga (वज्राङ्ग).—A son of Diti after her penance and father of Asura Tāraka who gave trouble to the devas; while a boy, under the orders of his mother, had Indra bound and placed before Diti; Brahmā and Kaśyapa mediated and set him free; Brahmā gave him for wife a mindborn daughter, Varāṅgī, with whom he went to penance; when Varāṅgī was engaged in tapas Indra threatened her with several guises of the monkey, serpent, jackal, etc., which made her weep in sorrow and fear; meanwhile Vajrāṅga's penance had ended and Brahmā had blessed him. He came in search of his wife whom he found crying in fear. She spoke of the insult offered by Indra and asked for a son, Tāraka, able to vanquish Indra. Then again he entered into a terrible vow when Brahmā blessed him with the son desired by his spouse. Tāraka was born and great festivities were held in his honour. Soon he was crowned king of the Asura world.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 146. 5, 41 ff; 147. 1-29.
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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vajrāṅga (वज्राङ्ग).—a snake.

Derivable forms: vajrāṅgaḥ (वज्राङ्गः).

Vajrāṅga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vajra and aṅga (अङ्ग).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vajrāṅga (वज्राङ्ग).—m.

(-ṅgaḥ) A snake. f. (-ṅgī) A sort of grain, (Coix barbata.) “gavedhu”. the thunder-bolt, (as hard,) aṅga body or substance.

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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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