Skip to main content

Questions tagged [asuras]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
13 votes
1 answer
2k views

Did Trisiras predict his own death in a Vedic hymn?

Trisiras (AKA Vishwarupa) was the three-headed son of the divine architect Tvashta (AKA Vishwakarma). He was extremely devout, even serving as temporary guru of the gods when Brihaspati had abandoned ...
Keshav Srinivasan's user avatar
19 votes
6 answers
18k views

Difference between Devas, Daevas, Asuras and Rakshasa

What is the difference between Devas, Daevas, Asuras and Rakshasa fundamentally? It is very confusing to distinguish and characterize them without clear examples.
Vedantism's user avatar
  • 3,328
16 votes
5 answers
5k views

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 ...
Karmanya Nanda's user avatar
22 votes
2 answers
7k views

What is the story of Mahabali's sister's attempt to destroy the world?

In the Bala Kanda of the Ramayana, Rama is hesistant to kill the Rakshasi (demoness) Thataka because she's a woman, but the sage Vishwamitra tells him that even Indra king of the gods has fought women ...
Keshav Srinivasan's user avatar
22 votes
3 answers
6k views

How did Varaha's son Narakasura become evil?

One of Krishna's most famous deeds is his killing of the demon Narakasura, which is the inspiration of the holiday Deepavali. Narakasura was tormenting the gods and had even stolen the earrings of ...
Keshav Srinivasan's user avatar
9 votes
2 answers
6k views

How did Indra use deception to defeat Prahlada's son Virochana?

In the Shalya Parva of the Mahabharata, right before Bhima's famous mace battle with Duryodhana, Krishna tells Arjuna that Bhima should fight unfairly, as that's the only way to defeat Duryodhana. He ...
Keshav Srinivasan's user avatar
8 votes
2 answers
2k views

Did Prahalad attack Devaloka in his lifetime?

I can recall that I read in a question that Prahalad once attacked Devaloka and maybe won over Indra. I wanted to know if it is true or not and if true, then what is the story behind this and why did ...
Aby's user avatar
  • 10.1k
14 votes
1 answer
8k views

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 ...
tekkk's user avatar
  • 3,103
11 votes
1 answer
4k views

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 ...
Dr. Vineet Aggarwal's user avatar
10 votes
3 answers
6k views

Who spoke the Lakshmi ashtakam & did Lakshmi really kill Kolhasura?

The Lakshmi Ashtakam which starts as Indra uvācha: Namosthesthu Maha Maye, Sree peede, sura poojithe, Sanka , chakra, Gadha hasthe, Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe. 1 Namasthe ...
Narayanan's user avatar
  • 1,513
10 votes
1 answer
8k views

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 ...
Keshav Srinivasan's user avatar
8 votes
3 answers
4k views

How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra?

The Verse 6.20.2 of Rigved says that Indra 'leagued' with Vishnu to destroy Vritra: 2 Even as the power of Dyaus, to thee, O Indra, all Asura sway was by the Gods entrusted, When thou, Impetuous! ...
Dr. Vineet Aggarwal's user avatar
6 votes
0 answers
5k views

Was Sukracharya ever the guru of the gods?

In the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata, Vaishampayana describes to Janamejeya the lineage of the gods, Asuras, and other beings, and in particular he says this about Sukracharya: The learned Sukra is ...
Keshav Srinivasan's user avatar
26 votes
5 answers
14k views

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 ...
Keshav Srinivasan's user avatar
10 votes
2 answers
1k views

Why deities are called asuras in rig-veda why it became a symbol of demons in post-rigvedic period?

Why deities are called asuras in rig-veda why it became a symbol of demons in post-rigvedic period? 7 He, strong of wing, hath lightened up the regions, deep-quivering Asura, the gentle Leader....
Fierce lord's user avatar
  • 3,949
10 votes
1 answer
1k views

What scriptures describe the previous birth of Asura Mahabali?

Recently I watched a discourse of Sri Chaganti Koteswara Rao during Maha Sivaratri. He explained greatness of Shiva Lingam by citing the example of the previous birth of the Asura Mahabali. He said ...
The Destroyer's user avatar
  • 31.4k
8 votes
0 answers
184 views

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-...
Dr. Vineet Aggarwal's user avatar
6 votes
6 answers
1k views

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?
Bharat's user avatar
  • 6,920
4 votes
1 answer
465 views

Who is the wood-cutter Indra promised would be honored in every Yagna?

Trisiras (AKA Vishwarupa) was the three-headed son of the divine architect Tvashta (AKA Vishakarma). He was an extremely devout sage, and as I discuss in this answer he even served as temporary guru ...
Keshav Srinivasan's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
430 views

Are demons (asuras) a manifestation of the supreme being?

Hinduism acknowledges god as omnipresent - he is present everywhere and in every soul. He is said to have created the cosmos. Then, why did he create demons and does he manifests in demons too?
Good Guy's user avatar
  • 356
18 votes
0 answers
3k views

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 ...
Keshav Srinivasan's user avatar
13 votes
3 answers
770 views

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
Fierce lord's user avatar
  • 3,949
10 votes
0 answers
782 views

What is the story of Prahlada being held hostage by the gods?

Most people only know the childhood of Prahlada, who was rescued from his from Hiranyakashipu by Vishnu's incarnation. What is less well-known, however, Prahlada's adulthood. As king of the Asuras, ...
Keshav Srinivasan's user avatar
9 votes
2 answers
16k views

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 ...
user avatar
9 votes
1 answer
9k views

Who killed Banasura - Lord Krishna or Devi?

There seems to be some confusion between different accounts of the Banasura fight - some state that Krishna killed him while others mention that he let him live when Shiva interceded on the demon's ...
Dr. Vineet Aggarwal's user avatar
8 votes
2 answers
894 views

Is caste system only for humans?

Is caste system only for humans? What about animals, Asuras, Devas etc. Does caste system also apply to them?
user avatar
8 votes
1 answer
375 views

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 ...
Yogi's user avatar
  • 10.5k
7 votes
1 answer
685 views

Were both the MAYAs mentioned in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata one and the same (or) different?

1) A demon architect by name Maya, who was killed by Indra. This story comes in Kishkinda Kanda. मयो नाम महातेजा मायावी दानवर्षभः || ४-५१-१० तेन इदम् निर्मितम् सर्वम् मायया कांचनम् वनम् | ...
Srimannarayana K V's user avatar
7 votes
3 answers
504 views

What makes an Asura an Asura?

As in title. Is it by birth? Especially righteous ones like Prahalada, Bali and to some extend Ravana. And many of them are sons of saints. So what defines an Asura?
Sreekumar R's user avatar
7 votes
0 answers
2k views

Do any scripture tell us of Lord Vishnu giving boon to asuras?

In puranas, we frequently see Lord Shiva or Lord Brahma giving boon to some danava or daitya for their austerities which usually causes some problem in future which needs to be solved in some ...
Aks's user avatar
  • 1,689
7 votes
2 answers
5k views

Where can I read the original story of Bhasmāsura?

When I was a kid, I read the Amar Chitra Katha version of the story of Bhasmāsura - the demon-king who gained a boon from Shiva with the power to burn to ashes anybody on whose head he placed his hand....
senshin's user avatar
  • 2,121
7 votes
1 answer
3k views

What is the story behind the nature of Asuras and Devas?

Asuras and Devas both trace their lineage back to Rishi Kashyapa - Asuras being the sons of Kashyapa and Diti while Devas being the sons of Kashyapa and Aditi. So why did the Asuras choose the path of ...
Naveen's user avatar
  • 3,760
6 votes
1 answer
235 views

Is Mayasura a Daitya or Danava? What is the important difference between these two groups?

In Mahabharata, Mayasura is said to be the architect of the Daityas. But, in Bhagavata Purana Mayasura is called the Danava King (Canto 5, Chapter 24, Verse 28). Surely there must be some significance ...
Rubellite Yakṣī's user avatar
6 votes
0 answers
3k views

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 ...
Sarvabhouma's user avatar
  • 25.9k
6 votes
1 answer
5k views

Why are there so many similarities between Zoroastrianism and Hinduism? [closed]

As far as I know, Zoroastrian is the closest among all to the Vedic religion. There are many similarities like: Both have fire and fire rituals as its core. Deities like Soma, Mitra, Varuna etc ...
Rakesh Joshi's user avatar
  • 19.2k
5 votes
2 answers
408 views

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 ...
Ikshvaku's user avatar
  • 22.2k
4 votes
1 answer
4k views

In which Yuga was Tarakasur born?

In which Yuga was Tarakasur born? Was he born in Satya Yuga, Dwapara Yuga, Tetra Yuga and which Maha Yuga of which Manavtar?
user3750229's user avatar
  • 1,197
4 votes
1 answer
2k views

What is the story of Andhakasura?

I want to know the story of Lord Shiva and demon Andhakasura. What is his story?
ROHIT's user avatar
  • 216
3 votes
0 answers
103 views

What is the difference between Devas and Asuras? [duplicate]

Devas are the benevolent and asuras are manevolent. Asuras used to take captive of Devas. Other than this, any historical comparison to devas and asuras? What are the meanings of these terms?
Nadhiya's user avatar
  • 71
3 votes
1 answer
269 views

Why was the post of Lord Indra so much sought after by the Asuras instead of that of Lord Brahma?

Why were the asuras more interested in doing penance to obtain the throne of the Ruler of Heaven compared to that of Lord Brahma, when it can be understood that the post of Lord Brahma wielded more ...
Elfin forest's user avatar
  • 1,305
2 votes
1 answer
499 views

Danu is the predecessor of the race of Danavas (demons)

In Brahmanda Purana, http://www.gloriousindia.com/scriptures/puranas/brahmananda_purana/preaching_of_bruhaspati.html Bruhaspati replied "In the distant past, Diti, the second wife of Kashyapa gave ...
Ahmed Bkhaty's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
76 views

How are Asura and rakshas so powerful?

If it is said that seminal energy brings strength, power, and peace, then how are so many Asura and rakshas powerful if they don't practice celibacy? (Sometimes even more powerful than god)
Uttkarsh Saini's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
300 views

Who is the Asura in this Vedic verse?

I came across this book - The Civilized Demons - which basically makes the Harrappans to be the Asuras reviled in Vedas and even the original gods who were replaced by Devas. The writer cited the ...
Viraj's user avatar
  • 527