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According to Brahmanda purana, brahma commensed creation in this following chronological order [Bh Purana - Quote 25 - 50].

Prākrta Creations (pertaining to Prakruti)

  1. Mahat -- Great Principle
  2. Tanmatras -- Subtle Elements
  3. Vaikārika -- Creation pertaining to Sense organs

Vaikrta -Mediated creations

  1. Mukhya Sarga -- Insentients or immobiles
  2. Tiryak srota [Beings whose digestive fluids flows obliquely] -- Animals and lower creatures.
  3. Ūrddhva Srotas [Beings whose digestive fluids flows upwards] -- Devas, Gandharvas etc
  4. Arvāksrotas [Beings whose digestive fluids flows Downwards] -- Human beings

Mind born sons of brahmas are classified separately.

Devas are repeatedly mentioned in various scriptures that they are free from death (till manvantara), hunger and diseases. Also in vedas they quote that, Indra and other devatas drink copious amount of somarasa. All picturization of devas looks to be having humane form in divine bodies.

My Question is, why does devas are classified as Ūrddhva Srotas?

Intensive googling didn't help me out on this aspect.

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    The physical body is the annamayakosa, it refers to the alimentary canal, the canal for eating. In some places in scripture the gods are referred to as having physical bodies. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa said that the subtle body resembles the physical body with limbs, etc. Many of the pictures of the devas were derived from the actual experiences of people. – Swami Vishwananda Apr 5 '15 at 15:46
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    @SwamiVishwananda I dont think devas are being just exists on subtle bodies.Whenever we hear stories someone ascended to heaven , it is always mentioned that , he got a divine body on top of his subtle bodies attached to soul. Even people of vaikunta seems to be having bodies similar to narayana with 4 hands , which is again a body top of soul. Characteristics of these physical bodies might be different.I believe that is suitable for environment in devaloka. – tekkk Apr 5 '15 at 17:05
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    @keshav It is mentioned in 42nd quote , in 5th chapter. It is mentioned again and again in multiple places. One first occurance is following. """Even as he was pondering, the final creation of the Sāttvika type was evolved. This third creation is Ūrdhvasrotas upwards currented , It is based upwards.""" – tekkk Apr 5 '15 at 17:05
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    @KeshavSrinivasan . Animals fluids do flow in the same way as humans. But direction is oblique due to structure of their vertebral column attached to digestive tracts. – tekkk Apr 5 '15 at 17:09
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    Good question. Just a vague guess from my side, does it relate something to what we offer to Gods in the form of sacrifices in Yagnas. Whatever is being sacrificed in the holy fire is being burned down and goes 'up' in form of smoke. Generally people offering food items in Yagnas believe that if a food item is burnt, it is being accepted. If there is any material that discusses about how the Yagyahuti works, may be it can help solve the puzzle. – Aby Apr 6 '15 at 7:29

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