[INDOLOGY] "vIraka"

Smith,Travis LaMar tlsmith at ufl.edu
Sat Aug 10 20:46:29 UTC 2013

Hi Andrew,

I’d wager a guess that Vīraka is short for Vīrabhadra, who is one of Śiva’s well-known gaṇas (though admittedly I hadn’t thought about *when* he enters Śiva’s entourage). If that’s the case bet the –ka suffix is probably abbreviative, for metrical purposes, rather than diminutive in meaning. :)

All best,

Travis L. Smith
Assistant Professor
Department of Religion
University of Florida

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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

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 J. Nicholson
Associate Professor
Dept. of Asian and Asian American Studies
and Dept. of Philosophy
SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5343  USA
Tel: (631) 632-4030  Fax: (631) 632-4098

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