Vidyudrupa, Vidyudrūpa, Vidyut-rupa: 2 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vidyudrūpa (विद्युद्रूप).—A Yakṣa who was the favourite of Kubera. This Yakṣa married Madanikā, the daughter of Menakā. Once when these two were sitting on mount Kailāsa and drinking liquor the bird Kaṅka born of the family of Garuḍa came there. Vidyudrūpa killed Kaṅka after a small fight.

Hearing about the death of Kaṅka, his brother Kandara came to avenge the death of his brother. A fierce battle ensued between the two, in which Vidyudrūpa met with death. After this Madanikā accepted Kandara as her husband. (Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa, 2, 4, 28).

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vidyudrūpa (विद्युद्रूप) [=Vidyutsvarūpa] refers to “assuming the form of lightning”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.15 (“Gaṇeśa’s battle”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] O great sage, the goddess created two Śaktis then and there for the assistance of her own Gaṇa. O great sage, one Śakti assumed a very fierce form and stood there opening her mouth as wide as the cavern of a dark mountain. The other assumed the form of lightning (vidyutsvarūpa). She wore many arms. She was a huge and terrible goddess ready to punish the wicked. The weapons hurled by the gods and the Gaṇas were caught in the mouth and hurled back at them. [...]”.

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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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