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

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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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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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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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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, ...
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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 Kapila son of Prahlada?

It is well-known that there are four Ashramas or stages of life in Hinduism: Brahmacharis or celibates, Grihastis or householder, Vanaprasthis or forest-dwellers, and Sanyasis or ascetics. What is ...
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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 ...
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Who are the Asuras/Rakshasas Malyavan says Vishnu has slain?

The Sixth Chapter of the Uttarakanda tells about how the devas, unable to withstand the torture of Malyavan, Mali and Sumali, the three sons of Sukesha, rushed to Lord Shiva and then to Lord Vishnu ...
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Did Matsya Avatar kill any demon besides Hayagriva and did Kurma kill any demon too?

I came across this beautiful image of various avatars of Lord Vishnu and interestingly it shows both Matsya and Kurma killing one demon each. Now we know Matsya is believed to have played a role in ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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,...
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Durga Devi's Weapon that killed Mahishasura?

The Legend of Durga , slaying the demon Mahisha talks about that the gods combined their energies (shakti) into the female form of Durga, a fierce manifestation of the Goddess (Devi). She received all ...
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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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What is the story of Indra living in disguise in the Ashram of Giriprastha?

In this chapter of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, Yudhishthira is in grief because of the year in hiding the Pandavas are about to start. So the sage Dhaumya cheers him up by reminding him that ...
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In Vedas, which Devas and Asuras are purely a Deva or an Asura but not both?

Which Devas in Vedas (mainly Rigveda) are never referred to as Asuras and similarly which Asuras in Vedas (mainly Rigveda) are never referred to as Devas? I need references only from Vedas and nothing ...
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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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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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Who was Sukracharya?

Sukracharya was a teacher of King Bali, and also of Ravana. Did both Bali and Ravana belong to the same Treta yuga? Who really was Sukracharya? Why did he support Asuras? When and how did he die?
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What is the story of Lord Vishnu slaying the demon Jambha?

This chapter of Mahabharata describes the Devas eulogizing Lord Vishnu as he slew the demon called Jambha:- O lord, it was by thee that that wicked Asura, Jambha by name, who was a mighty bowman and ...
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What does Vyasa say about the equality shown by God between Asuras and Devas?

"Why is Lord Vishnu partial towards the Devas and impartial towards the Daityas? " was the question raised by Parikshit to Sukha Deva, for which the latter replied, "That Devas are of ...
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When did lord Vishnu kill sage Bhrigus wife?Was it after Samudramanthan? And when did Sage Bhrigu kick Lord Vishnu?Please Explain chronological order

What is the story of Sage Bhrigu testing Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva? What is the story of Vishnu killing sage Bhrighu's wife Kavyamata?
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Age difference between Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu

Varaha incarnation killed Hiranyakshya during beginning of current kalpa as per this section of Bhagavata. Text 17: Brahmā thought: While I have been engaged in the process of creation, the earth has ...
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Cursing asuras is a Devata's privilege?

Cursing Asuras is a special priviledge of Devata or we human can help the Gods in this? If yes where and which passage represents a valid reference ?
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Family Tree of Asuras

The most comprehensive one I know of is my own chart of the genealogy of sapient/civilization building races and their deity Upendra form I made through trial and error till I got something that made ...
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Are Asuras extinct? If so, since when?

Questions: Are Asuras extinct? If yes, Is it during the period of reign of Shree Ram or later?
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Who is nighasa? Was he a worshiper of lord shiva?

Who is nighasa i listened he swalowed lord vishnu and he got this boon from lord bramha? Is he mentioned in any scripture? And was he a worshiper of lord shiva?
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Are Yaksa, Raksasa, Pisacas demoniac forces that manifest according to 3 planes of existance?

I have been studying the differences of Yaksa, Raksasa, Pisacas. What I understand is there are 3 aspects of the demoniac force in nature. According to 3 planes of existence i.e., Bhuloka, Bhuvaloka, ...
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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 difference between Narayana Maya and Asuras?

According to Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, chapter 1, Third Brahmana, it is said that Asuras win against gods when one follows his natural inclinations such as wanting to eat something that tastes good ...
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How were Chanda and Munda born?

Chanda and Munda were asuras who were killed by Kali. This is alluded to in many hymns and prayers to Devi, such as in the Mahishasura Mardini Stotram and the Lalita Sahasranamam. But there is little ...
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Need info on Viyadasur

long time ago I heard a story about a asura viyadasur. Does anyone know where I can find information on him. Which Purana I can find his story/lore. I know he is found in old Purana stories but ...
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Do Navagraha follow the law of Karma

Sun(deva himself, he is also regarded as Vishnu himself) , Jupiter(guru of Deva), How can they do bad to people, Also do Navagraha follow the "Law of Karma", Is it the punishments that Graha ...
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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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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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How did Holika "trick" Prahlad into the pyre?

Many retellings of the Holika Dahan mythology (including from sources one might think were authoritative) mention that Holika "tricked" her nephew Prahlad into sitting in her lap while she ...
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Can asuras be born as humans like how devas are born as avadhutas

Do asuras have the power to manifest as humans like how hanuman is a manifestation of shiva.
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