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Vatapi, aka: Vātāpi; 3 Definition(s)

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

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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.

Added: 24.Jun.2012 | Apam Napat: Indian Mythology
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