Biographies | Daitya
Kaalakeya Daanav were 60,000 Daanav who were the sons of Kashyap Jee from his Kaalakaa wife. According to Raamaayan and Mahaabhaarat, Kaalakaa and Pulomaa were the daughters of Daksh. Both were married to Kashyap Jee and bore 60,000 distinguished sons. They were called Kaalakeya and Paulomaa respectively. Mahaabhaarat says that Kaalakaa did a severe Tap to bear children without any pain. These Daanav were very powerful, ferocious and cruel. Arjun killed all of them at the request of Indra while Paandav were in exile, and he went to Swarg to obtain Divine weapons from his father Indra. Pulomaa had one daughter also, named Shachee who was married to Indra.
Why did Indra asked Arjun to kill them? Because they could not be killed by any Devtaa, Gandharv, Daitya etc. They could only be killed by a human being.
But Vishnu Puraan says that Kaalakeya Raakshas were sons of a Daanav, called Vaishwaanar and were killed by Devtaa while they hid in sea.
Kaalakeya, Indra and Agastya
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 03/30/13