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The asuras are a group of deities that often do battle with the [devas].

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When did Vibhishana stop being king of Lanka?

In this chapter of the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana, after Ravana's death his brother Vibhishana is coronated as the king of Lanka: Hearing the words of the great soled Rama, Lakshmana replied, 'so ...
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“Tvaṣṭṛ” and “Tvaṣṭā”

If I am correct, "Tvaṣṭṛ" seems to be synonymous with Viśvakarman, while "Tvaṣṭā" is the name of an Asura. It seems that both are identified as Prajāpatis, and this has me wondering: Are these two ...
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During what Yugas did Hiranyakashipu, Mahabali, and Ravana rule?

This excerpt from the Prabhasa Kanda of the Skanda Purana describes how long different demons ruled the three worlds for: Hiranyakashipu shone as the king for one hundred seven million two hundred ...
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What scriptures mention Krishna killing Sakatasura the cart demon as a baby?

One of the most famous incidents of Krishna's childhood is the story of how he kicked over a heavy cart when he was a baby. In popular versions of the story, Krishna's evil uncle Kamsa sends a demon ...
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Is anti-Brahminism a quality of Asuras and Rakshasas?

Is anti-Brahminism a characteristic of Asuras and Rakshasas? Which group of created beings is the most anti-Brahmin (hatred and opposition to Brahminism and Brahminical way of life)?
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Is it a sin for Rakshasas, Pisachas, and Asuras to kill humans?

The armies of the Asuras (Daityas and Danavas), Rakshasas, and Pisachas frequently come to Earth and kill humans. It is even said in scriptures that the food for Pisachas is human flesh. Do these ...
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Asura’s interaction with Maya

According to Hindu literature, how Asuras (demons) are interacting with Maya? What are relevant passages where someone can start studying about this?
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Do demons (Asuras, Rakshasas, Pisachas, Nagas, etc) reveal false religions to humans according to Hindu scriptures?

According to the Puranas, Vishnu as Buddha revealed a false religion, which we know today as Buddhism, to deceive the Daityas who were using the Vedas to acquire power. Similarly, do Hindu scriptures ...
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Tripurasur was actually Mohammad [duplicate]

According to Shiv Puran here is as it goes: Tripura Tarakasura had three sons named Vidyunmali, Tarakaksha and Viryavana. These three began to perform tapasya. For a hundred years they meditated ...
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Can Asuras or Rakshasas be summoned by any ritual?

In certain Pagan traditions in the West especially Goetia, demons are summoned by rituals mainly for material purposes. Can Asuras and Rakshasas be summoned in Hinduism by rituals? If yes, for what ...
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What are all the incidents mentioned in the scriptures where Asuras have tried to destroy the Earth?

What are all the incidents mentioned in the scriptures where Asuras have tried to destroy the Earth? I know of three: Bali's sister's attempt to annihilate the Earth, Hiranyaksha's submersion of ...
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Discrepancy in the Manusmriti regarding Devas being fond of alcohol just like the Yakshas, Rakshasas, and Pisachas?

This answer says, from the Vyasa Smriti: Milk, wine, honey, and clarified butter are the articles which the gods are fond of. The word wine is used for Sanskrit "sura." Then there is this verse ...
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Do the armies of the Asuras and Rakshasas ally with the Mleccha kingdoms in their attacks on the Vedic civilization?

The Asuras and Rakshasas have a knack for destroying the Earth, the Vedic civilization, and the members of the 4 castes. Do the armies of the Asuras and Rakshasas form alliances with the Mleccha ...
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Do the demons ever try to conquer Brahma loka or Shiva loka?

When Daitya Hiranyakashipu conquered the universe, he conquered up till Swarga. Text 13: O my dear King, Hiraṇyakaśipu was always drunk on strong-smelling wines and liquors, and therefore his ...
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Why are Daityas Sattvic according to the Manusmriti?

NOTE: This question is NOT a duplicate of this question. The Manusmriti has this verse about the types of bodies one can enter due to different Gunas. Here are the bodies can can be born in due to ...
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Balance of strength between Asuras and Devas

Here is an extract from a Buddhist scripture (the Caturdevarājasūtra) that directly connects the balance of strength between the Asuras and the Devas with Humanities morality: During the monthly ...
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Who was the asura Bala?

I want to know who was the asura Bala, and the reason why he was killed by an avatar of Vishnu
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Who is the current leader of Asuras?

The leader of Asuras, also known as Asurapati. The only one alive is Raja Bali who is now under protection of Shriman Narayana in the form of Vamana avatar. If he is in some other place and not ...
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What is the story of Hiranyakashipu's son Mandara?

In the Anusasana Parva of the Mahabharata, in the course of recounting to Krishna the boons that Shiva has bestowed upon various people, the sage Upamanyu describes a certain son of the demon ...
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What are the differences among Rakshasas, Daityas, Danawas, Pisachas?

Puranas say that these species are born from different wives of Maharshi Kashyapa. Kashyapa + Danu = Danavas Kashyapa + Diti = Daityas Kashyapa + Krodhavasa = Pisachas In Hymn 87 of the tenth ...
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Where is the exact location of Patala-Loka?

Patala-Loka, as we know, is home to Asuras (Daityas) & Nagas. However, where is Patala-Loka actually located? Many say that Patala-Loka is situated under the Earth's crust while others say it is ...
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Question about Swami Ayyappa and Mahishi's time period

I have few confusions about Swami Ayyappa story - In movies it is shown that when Ayyappa goes to forest to bring Tiger milk that is the time he kills Mahishi. But King of Pandalam is of this yuga (...
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What does the word 'Asura' mean in the Vedas?

The Danavas and Daityas are referred to as Asuras in the Puranas but in The Vedas many Devas are also referred as Asuras. May the golden-handed, life-bestowing, well-guiding, exhilarating and ...
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How was Vishwarupa, the son of Tvashtar related to Asuras?

Srimad Bhagvatam tells us the story about Vritra's elder brother Vishwarupa who was killed by Indra because he used to give some portion of the Yagya oblations to the Asuras to whom he was related ...
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On what basis vritra is referred to as a snake/dragon?

On what basis vritra is referred to as a snake/dragon? Is there any proof from the vedas? And if not then what was he? NOTE:— VEDIC VERSES ARE REQUIRED PROVING
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Who was Parâvasu the former Hotri for Asuras?

Shatapatha Brahmana 1.5.1 mentions an interesting thing about the priests of the Devas and Asuras: He steps beside the Hotri's seat, takes one stalk of (reed) grass from the Hotri's seat and ...
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Who is the 'messenger' of Asuras and what is his story?

Shatapatha Brahmana 1.4.1 mentions how Agni was chosen by the gods as their messenger: He recites [the eighth sâmidhenî]: 'Agni we choose as messenger!' Now the gods and the Asuras, both of them ...
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Which scriptures describe Vritra as an Asura?

As per my understanding, Vritra was a great ascetic and knew all the Shastras. He was the excellent son of Tvashtar, the divine artisan of Gods born of the divine fire of Vishwakarma's Yagya. So why ...
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Have Devas like Indra, Agni, Varun ever done tapasya in order to counter attack Asuras?

We all know that asuras like Mahisasura, Hiranyakashipu, Tarakasur and many others did severe tapasya to impress either Brahma, Vishnu or Mahesh in order to seek various powers/boon so that they could ...
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What happened to the asuras?

I have this doubt from the time I started reading Hindu Purana. In Hindu Purana there are many stories about interaction between Asuras, Monks, Devas and common people. According to my knowledge ...
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Why did Asuras live on Earth & Devas did not?

If GODS (Indra, Varuna, Yama, Kubera) lived in heaven, how come asuras lived on earth? I understand that Vishnu and Shiva assumed different forms and came down to earth. But then, shouldn't asuras ...
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Was it really Indra who killed Trishiras or was it someone called Trita?

Indra is described as having killed Trishiras and in revenge Tvastar created Vritra who was also slayed by Indra. But few verse from the Vedas mention someone else as the slayer of Trisiras: Rig Ved ...
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Who was the wife of Manu who was sacrificed by the priests of the Asuras?

I came across an interesting story while reading the Shatapatha brahmana regarding Manu's encounters with the priests of Asuras about whose identity I had asked a separate question. These two had ...
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Who were the two priests of Asuras (not Shukracharya)?

I came across an interesting story while reading the Shatapatha brahmana regarding Manu's encounters with the priests of Asuras: Manu was in possession of a bull. Into him had entered an Asura-...
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What is the story of Andhakasura?

I want to know the story of Lord Shiva and demon Andhakasura. What is his story?
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What is Hierarchy/levels of beings from humans to Brahman?

In various references, incidents, anecdotes etc we come across beings like human, Deva, Gandharva, Yaksha, Pitru, Aditya, Rudra, Vasu (not Vaasu), Naga, Asura, Pitru etc. While the Bramhasutra ...
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What is the story of Vishwakarma creating the Saunanda mace used by Balrama?

The Markandeya Puran Section 1.11.5 mentions the following story: There lives a highly powerful and fierce Danava in Rasatala. He makes the earth yawn and therefore he is called Kujrimbha. Whatever ...
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The 100 Kauravs were incarnations of Asuras but what about their sister?

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat gives the details of the who's who in Mahabharat and who were they the incarnations of. It has been covered at many places but my question is specific to Dhritrashtra'...
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What is the story of Kalanemi who was reborn as Kamsa?

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat mentions that Kamsa was a rebirth of the demon Kalanemi: "There was also born on earth a mighty Asura known amongst the Danavas by the name of Kalanemi, endued with ...
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Did saraswati/savitri slay vritra or vetra according to rigveda?

According to wikipedia article of Vritra - In one verse of a Rig-Vedic hymn eulogising Sarasvati, she is portrayed as the one who slayed Vritra. Mention of this occurs nowhere else. The verse the ...
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Does yajur Veda samhita also use asura in positive context?

Asura word is used in positive context in rig vedic samhita, but do other Vedas like yajur, atharva use them in same context i.e. positively ?
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Asuras/Rakshasas who became good?

There were some Rakshasas like Vibhishana who were noble. Were there any Asuras/Rakshasas who were initially evil but eventually became good i.e moved to the side of Dharma?
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Who is Gajasura whose head is attached to Lord Ganesha?

There is a popular story on how Ganesha got an elephant head. There was an ardent devotee called Gajasura. He does severe penance Lord Shiva beheads Lord Ganesha who was guarding the entrance of ...
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What is the military count of the army mentioned in devI mahaAtmayam?

In devi mahaAtmayam we find details of battles between demons and goddesses. Some of the famous ones are Mahishasura Shumbha nishumbha ChanDa-munDa I think these armies were higher in number than ...
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Is there a concept of “Satan” in Hinduism? [duplicate]

Is there a concept of Satan in Hinduism?. If so just cite the references. How do the Asuras of the Puranas compare to this concept of evil entities?
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Does evil get stronger at specific times?

I have heard that the evil or dark powers get more powerful at times like Amavasya (new moon night), Grahan (Solar/Lunar Eclipse), Ashtami & Navami (eighth & ninth day from new moon & full ...
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When was Ravana hit by the Sudarshana Chakra?

[Note: To be clear, I am not asking why Ravana wouldn't be harmed or killed by the Sudarshana Chakra; that's obvious. I'm asking why and under what circumstances Vishnu launched the Sudarshana Chakra ...
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The battle between the gods and demons led by Tarakasur

Why did the battle between the gods and the demons, led by Tarakasur, happen and how did it start?
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What does Narada mean by when he says “those Asuras…who sprang from Vishnu”?

Here dwell, O Matali, those Asuras called Kalakhanjas who sprang from Vishnu, and those Rakshasas also called Yatudhanas who sprang from the feet of Brahman.Udyoga Narada Parva
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What is the story of the Asura Dhanvi attaining the position of Indra?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...