In Adi Parva, it tells that Gods, Apsaras, Daityas, Demons, and Gandharvas took birth as men. Which asuras were born as hundred kauravas, shakuni, shishupala, jarasandha, shalya and others?

In Adi Sambhava Parva, it describes the incarnations of gods, demons, apsaras, and gandharvas on earth. Which asura was born as Duryodhana?


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Which asuras were born as hundred kauravas, shakuni, shishupala, jarasandha, shalya and others?

Duryodhana was demon Kali or Kaliyuga and his brothers were demonic sons of Sage Pulastya.

The evil-minded and wicked king Duryodhana, the destroyer of the fair fame of the Kurus, was born of a portion of Kali on earth. He it was who caused all creatures to be slain and the earth to be wasted; and he it was who fanned the flame of hostility that ultimately consumed all. They who had been the sons of Pulastya (the Rakshasas) were born on earth among men of Duryodhana's brothers,...

Adi Parva LXVII

Similarly,Shakuni was Dwapara Yuga.

And the mighty chariot-fighter and king who on earth was known by the name of Sakuni, that crusher of foes, thou shouldst know, O king, was Dwapara himself (the third yuga).

Adi Parva LXVII

Jarasandha, Shalya, kamsa etc were also incarnation of;

"Vaisampayana said, 'O king of men, I shall first tell thee all about those celestials and Danavas that were born among men--The first of Danavas, who was known by the name of Viprachitti, became that bull among men, noted as Jarasandha. And, O king, that son of Diti, who was known as Hiranyakasipu, was known in this world among men as the powerful Sisupala. He who had been known as Samhlada, the younger brother of Prahlada, became among men the famous Salya, that bull amongst Valhikas.

"There was also born on earth a mighty Asura known amongst the Danavas by the name of Kalanemi, endued with great strength, of grand achievements, and blessed with a large share of prosperity. He became the mighty son of Ugrasena and was known on earth by the name of Kansa.

And Karna was incarnation of Narakasura.

The soul of the slain Naraka hath assumed the form of Karna.

Adi Parva CCL

  • Duplicate? How? May 28, 2021 at 14:28
  • Karna is not incarnation of narakasura but he is a portion of surya
    – user20919
    May 28, 2021 at 14:56
  • @AbhiramEkula there are many theories. As per a story in Padma Purana he was incarnation of Brāhma's son raktaja. Similarly Arjuna was incarnation of previous Indra as well as Nara May 29, 2021 at 2:16
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    @Vivikta o sorry! I didn't read you comment clearly. I am voting to close it now. Sorry again. May 29, 2021 at 6:10