Biographies | Daitya Women
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There are two Raakshas women mentioned in Hindu scriptures by this name -
(1) One Sinhikaa is mentioned in Vaalmeeki's Raamaayan, Sundar Kaand - a Raashasee who tied Hanumaan to swallow him when he was going over the sea in search of Seetaa. She used to capture the flying objects by looking at their shadow in the sea and holding them in her hands. She played the same trick with Hanumaan also, but Hanumaan knew her trick and killed her.
(2) Sinhikaa was the daughter of Maharshi Kashyap and Diti (daksh's one of 13 daughters married to Kashyap Jee), thus was the sister of Hiranyakashyap and Hiranyaaksh. Hiranyakashyap married her to Viprachitti. Raahu was their son. She had 13 sons - Vyansh, Shalya, Nabh, Vaataapi, Namuchi, Ilval, Khasrim, Andhakaasur, Narakaasur, Kaalnaabh, Mahaaveer, Swarbhaanu, Vaktrayodhee. Padm Puraan, Srishti Khand, says that Sinhikaa had 13 sons and names them as - Kans, Shankh, Nal, Vaataapi, Ilval, Namuchi, Khasoom, Anjan, Narakaasur, Kaalnaabh, Paramaanu, Kalpveerya, and Danuvanshvivardhan. BUT it mentions one more son named Raahu too, which means that she had 14 sons not 13.
MBH, 0prolog, 14 says that she had four sons and names them as - Raahu (who ate Soorya and Chandra), Suchandra, Chandrahantaa and Chandrapramardan.
When Hiranyakashyap was trying to kill his son Prahlaad, he sought the help of his sister Sinhikaa also. Sinhikaa had a Var that she will not be burnt in fire. So Hiranyakashyap asked her to sit in fire and thus burn Prahlaad, while she would come out alive from that fire because of the Var. But that Var was for her alone, so when she sat with Prahlaad, she got burnt and Prahlaad came out safe from the fire.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/03
Updated on 03/29/13