Dūrvāsā

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Durvasa, DUrvAsA, Duurvaasaa


  1. badly clad; poorly or distastefully clothed
  2. a famous asetic appearing in many of the purāņa texts, as well as in the epic literature, who was the son of Atri and Anasūyā, and who is ill-reputed as being of an extremely short-tempered, aggressive, rude, unpredictable; impateient and intolerant, who was extremely hard to please, of a rather sadistic and cruel naturein his dealings with ordinary innocent people, and who had the tendency to put a curse somebody at the slightest pretext, however minor the genuine or perceived offence might be.