Dowson's Classical Dictionary
of Hindu Mythology] 'City-conqueror.'
A prince of the Solar race, son of Vikukshi. His story, as told in the
Vishnu Purana, is that in the Treta age there was war between the gods
the Asuras, in which the former were worsted. They had recourse to Vishnu
for assistance, and he directed them to obtain the aid of Puranjaya,
into whose person he promised to infuse a portion of himself. The prince
complied with their wishes, and asked that their chief, Indra, would
assume the form of a bull and carry him, the prince, upon his hump. This
was done, and thus seated Puranjaya destroyed all the enemies of the
gods. As he rode on the hump he obtained the cognomen of Kakutstha. In
explanation of his title Puranjaya, the Bhagavata Purana says that he
took the city of the Daityas situated in the west.
Languages MLLL-4993. Indian Epics. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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