[INDOLOGY] "vIraka"

Corinna Wessels-Mevissen corinnawessels at yahoo.de
Sat Aug 10 19:33:37 UTC 2013

I can only direct your attention to Don Handelman's and David Shulman's "God Inside Out: Śiva's Game of Dice", New York, etc. 1997, pp. 155-157 (the first two pages are included in books.google), also pp. 128, 129.  A member of Śiva's entourage, Vīraka was adopted byPārvatī as her son (MatsyaP). Regarding the iconographic question, I personally have not come across any character described asVīraka so far.

Corinna Wessels-Mevissen

Berlin, Germany

 Von: Valerie J Roebuck <vjroebuck at btinternet.com>
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I haven't got a reference for it, but I have a distant memory of seeing it used in South Indian iconography as the name of a member of Śiva's entourage - possibly Nandin in human form with a bull's head?

Valerie J Roebuck
Manchester, UK

On 10 Aug 2013, at 17:16, Andrew Nicholson <andrew.nicholson at stonybrook.edu> wrote:

> Dear learned colleagues,
> In Kurma Purana 2.7 there is a section praising Siva, in which classes
> of beings are named and he is identified with the best in each of
> those classes; this is similar to the section extolling Krsna at BhG
> 10.21-39.
> In the final quarter of 2.7.10 is "gaNeSAnAM ca vIrakaH". Can any of
> you help me identify who this "vIraka" (mannikin, little man) is? Is
> it a reference to some specific form of Siva, or perhaps to Skanda or
> Ganapati himself?
> Many thanks for your help.
> Andrew
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