śiśupāla शिशुपाल

Definition: m. "child-protector", Name of the king of the cedi-s inhabiting a country in central India, probably the same as Bundelkhand (See cedi-;he was son of dama-ghoṣa-, and is also called sunītha-;his impiety in opposing the worship of kṛṣṇa- is described in the sabhā-parvan- of the mahā-bhārata-;when yudhi-ṣṭhira- was about to perform a rājasūya- sacrifice, numerous princes attended, and bhīṣma- proposed that especial honour should be paid to kṛṣṇa-, who was also present, but śiśu-pāla- objected, and after denouncing kṛṣṇa- as a contemptible person challenged him to fight, whereupon kṛṣṇa- struck off his head with his discus;the viṣṇu-purāṇa- identifies this impious monarch with the demons hiraṇya-kaśipu- and rāvaṇa-;his death forms the subject of māgha-'s celebrated poem called śiśupāla-vadha-)


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