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Vatapi, aka: Vātāpi; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


1a) Vātāpi (वातापि).—A son of Hrāda, and Dhamanī: fought with the sons of Brahmā in the Devāsura war;1 a Saimhikeya Asura.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 18. 15; VIII. 10. 32.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 19; Vāyu-purāṇa 68. 19.

1b) A nephew of Hiraṇyakaśipu, eaten up by Agastya;1 a son of Vipracitti.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 6. 26; 61. 51.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 21. 11.
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)

Vatapi : Vatapi and Ilvala, two Rakshasas, sons either of Hrada or Viprachitti. They are mentioned in the Ramayana as dwelling in the Dandaka forest.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Vatapi was the younger brother of the Daitya Ilvala, the ruler of the city of Manimati. He was a shape-shifter. His brother was denied a boon by the sage Agastya, and hence the brothers became the enemies of Brahmanas.

When any Brahmana guest arrived at the palace, Vatapi would transform into a ram. Ilvala would then cause the meat of this ram to be served to the unsuspecting guest. Once the Brahmana had eaten his fill, Ilvala would utter a magical incantation, and say, "O Vatapi, come out!". Vatapi would then emerge whole and alive from the belly of the guest, killing that Brahmana in that process.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

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