Hindu Mythology

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TARAKA

Hindu Demoness

Also known as Tadaka, Tataka, Thataka

A Demoness with very unsociable habits

She was one of the Asuras and had some pretty awful personal habits. Biting fingernails is one thing, but biting the tops off mountains and spitting them at people was not an endearing practice.

Rama and Lakshmana were given the task of persuading her to desist. They lopped off various bits: her ears to stop her listening, her nose to stop her tracing by scent, a few arms to stop her throwing the really heavy mountain bits but still she persisted.

In the end Rama had to shoot her with an arrow, although it went against the grain of his chivalry.

Taraka Facts and Figures

Name: Taraka
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Tadaka, Tataka, Thataka

Gender: Female
Type: Demoness
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: BAD, best avoided
Popularity index: 817

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Article last revised on November 04, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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