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In Hinduism, Hiranyaksha (Sanskrit: हिरण्‍याक्ष) [golden-eyed] was an Asura of pre-ancient India and the son of Diti and Kashyapa. He was slain by Lord Vishnu after he (Hiranyaksha) took the Earth to the bottom of what has been described as the "Cosmic Ocean". His name in Sanskrit literally means "Goldeneye". Lord Vishnu assumed the form of a white boar (Sri Varaha) and dove into the ocean to lift the Earth, in the process slaying Hiranyaksha who was obstructing Him. The battle lasted one thousand years.

He had an elder brother named Hiranyakashipu, who after having undertaken penances which made him incredibly powerful and invincible unless several conditions were met, was later slain by Lord Narasimha, another Avatar of Lord Vishnu.

References

  • Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend (ISBN 0-500-51088-1) by Anna Dhallapiccola

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