Shatapatha Brahmana 1.5.1 mentions an interesting thing about the priests of the Devas and Asuras:

  1. He steps beside the Hotri's seat, takes one stalk of (reed) grass from the Hotri's seat and casts it outside (the sacrificial ground), with the formula, 'Ejected is the wealth-clutcher (parâvasu, lit. "off-wealth")!' Formerly, namely, the Hotri of the Asuras was one Parâvasu by name: him he thereby ejects from the Hotri's seat.

  2. He then sits down on the Hotri's seat, with the formula, 'I here sit down on the seat of the wealth-bestower (arvâvasu, lit. "hither-wealth")!' for one Arvâvasu by name was the Hotri of the gods, and on his seat he accordingly sits down.

The former Hotri of the Devas could be one of the three previous Agnis I asked a question for but I want to know about Who is this Parâvasu who was the former Hotri for the Asuras and how did he become their Hotri?

If it helps another section of the same scripture also mentions two priests of the Asuras that I had asked a question about earlier and this guy could be one of those but I want to know it conclusively through scriptural references.

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    AFAIK Arvavasu and Paravasu are the son of Raibhya. Commented Sep 25, 2018 at 5:31
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    Oh that's good to know can you please share a reference for this as an answer? Commented Sep 25, 2018 at 5:46

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According to Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Tirtha-yatra Parva: SECTION CXXXV, Paravasu and Arvavasu were the son of Raivya (or Raibhya).

"Lomasa said, 'Bharadwaja and Raivya were two friends. And they dwelt here, ever taking the greatest pleasure in each other's company. Now, Raivya had two sons, named Arvavasu and Paravasu. And, Bharadwaja, O Bharata's son, had an only son, named Yavakri.

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    Great.. at least we now know who these people were! Please add any other details that you may find regarding them as well. Commented Sep 25, 2018 at 6:16
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    @Dr.VineetAggarwal Yes, I will add more references in some time. Commented Sep 25, 2018 at 6:17
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    @Dr.VineetAggarwal so this is a third priest of the Asuras besides the other two you mentioned in another question?
    – Viraj
    Commented Aug 6, 2019 at 7:16
  • Yes my friend apparently there have been many priests of the Asuras Commented Aug 6, 2019 at 15:34

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