by Vettam Mani | 1975 | 609,556 words | ISBN-10: 0842608222
This page describes the Story of Tvashta 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’).
(b) Kaśyapa got as his sons the Ekādaśarudras of his wife Surabhi. Surabhi who became pure by penance got by the grace of Mahādeva five other sons named Aja, Ekapāt, Ahirbudhnya, Tvaṣṭā and Rudra. The noble and famous Viśvarūpa was the son of Tvaṣṭā. (Chapter 18, Agni Purāṇa).
Because of such varied statements it is not possible to say whose son Tvaṣṭā was.
Even from the beginning, Tvaṣṭā hated Indra. Tvaṣṭā begot of his wife Recanā a son named Viśvarūpa to kill Indra. Viśvarūpa was the younger brother of Sanniveśa. Viśvarūpa was called Triśiras also. (See under Triśiras). While Viśvarūpa was doing penance Indra killed him by his Vajrāyudha. Enraged at this Tvaṣṭā produced another asura named Vṛtra to kill Indra. (See under Vṛtra). Indra killed Vṛtrāsura also. At last greatly disappointed Tvaṣṭā cursed Indra that he would suffer from Putraduḥkha (loss of son) and then went to the mount Meru to do penance.
(ii) When the forest of Khāṇḍava was burnt, he stood on the side of Indra and fought against Kṛṣṇa and Arjuna. He separated huge portions from the mountain and threw them against Arjuna and Kṛṣṇa. (Śloka 34, Chapter 226, Ādi Parva).
(iii) Tvaṣṭā shines in the court of Indra. (Śloka 14, Chapter 7, Sabhā Parva).
(v) Viśvakarmā also used to be called Tvaṣṭā. (Śloka 24, Chapter 100, Vana Parva).
(vi) The monkey called Nala was the son of Tvaṣṭā. (Śloka 41, Chapter 283, Vana Parva).