Daksa, skilled and able, a Hindu sun god mentioned in Vedic and Puranic texts, who is the son of Brahma and Aditi, and also is an aditya and demiurge. His consort is Prasuti, and is said to have had up to sixty daughters. He appears in conflict with his son-in-law Shiva as the main offender Shiva’s consort Sati, one of his daughters, who was so insulted by Dahsa that she committed suicide by jumping into a ritual fire. In revenge Shiva decapitated Daksa’s head, but later, after intercession from other gods, Brahma brought him back to life by giving him a head, which became his attribute, of a sacrificial goat.

(See also Prajapati) A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 61

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