Puranic encyclopaedia

by Vettam Mani | 1975 | 609,556 words | ISBN-10: 0842608222

This page describes the Story of Akampana included the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani that was translated into English in 1975. The Puranas have for centuries profoundly influenced Indian life and Culture and are defined by their characteristic features (panca-lakshana, literally, ‘the five characteristics of a Purana’).

Story of Akampana

(A mighty warrior among the demons).


Descended from Viṣṇu in the following order: Viṣṇu-Brahmā-Heti-Vidyukeśa-Sukeśa Sumāli-Akampana.

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Sumāli married Ketumatī and got fourteen children. They were 1) Prahasta 2) Akampana 3) Vikaṭa 4) Kālakāmukha 5) Dhūmrāksa 6) Daṇḍa 7) Supārśvā 8) Sāṃhrāda 9) Prākvāta 10) Bhāsakarṇa 11) Vekā 12) Puṣpotkaṭā 13) Kaikasī and 14) Kumbhīnadī. Of these the last four are daughters. Prahasta was one of the ministers of Rāvaṇa. The thirteenth child Kaikasī was married to Viśravas, son of Pulastya. Viśravas got three sons and a daughter. They were Rāvaṇa, Kumbhakarṇa and Vibhīṣaṇa and Śūrpaṇakhā. It was Akampana who informed Rāvaṇa that Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa had killed his three allies, Khara, Dūṣaṇa and Triśiras (Araṇya Kāṇḍa, Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa).


Akampana fought a fierce battle with Hanūmān and in the end Hanūmān plucked a big tree and hit Akampana on the head with it and killed him. (Sarga 56, Yuddha Kāṇḍa of Rāmāyaṇa)

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