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

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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?
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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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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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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 ...
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Are there any asura that asked for a boon/wish and they didn't became evil?

There are many asura's that asked for wishes and became evil. Example ravan. So are there asura's that were good even after there wish were full filled. Any examples of those asura who's boon itself ...
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Scriptural references for Anagha Lakshmi killing Jambasura

I have heard that Anagha Lakshmi, the wife of Dattatreya, killed the demon Jambasura. Even Lakshmi is called as 'Jambasura ni barhini' in her Sahasranama. Is there any scriptural references of the ...
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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?
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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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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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Who was the most powerful asura in history [closed]

I want to know if there is any asura who is touted to be the most powerful of all. Like top tier asura.
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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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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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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?
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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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Did devas, asuras and normal humans exist in the same world together during any time?

Also, I have read some versions stating that devas and asuras are not classified based upon races but classified based upon their behaviour. Why did asuras had to be perceived as evil people. I mean ...
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Is it true that Durga had problems with a demon that only created clones? What is this story?

Someone said that in a YouTube Comments that Devi Durga had problems with a demon that only created clones. I don't know if this is true. What is the story related to it?
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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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How & Why did Shukracharya become the guru of Daityas?

We know Brihaspati is the guru of Devas and Shukra of the Asuras. Both of them are sons of Brahma's Manas Putras so would have had equal chance to lead either of the clans so how did they end up on ...
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Are non-Hindus secretly assisted by asuras and rakshasas in their translations of the Vedas?

It is known that pitrs and devas assist brahmanas in their performance and dissemination of dharma, which includes interpretation of the vedas with the correct meaning. It's also known that rakshasas ...
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Can a human become demon or viceversa?

Can a human of degraded character become demon or rakshasa? Or can a demon become human through his good character? Justify with refrence of scriptures.
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Is there any mention of asura's fighting God in vedas?

There are many asura's who fought God in purans but is there any mention of asura's fighting God in vedas.
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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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Why was Bali Raja considered a demon?

Why was Bali Raja considered a demon? Please explain in detail and provide a link to the scriptural reference if any.
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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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Is Maya Dānava the first Dānava?

Maya is mentioned so often and without Dānava parents, it points to him being the first of the Dānava. Has anyone found scripture to say definitively?
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What is the story of Svarbhanu, the asura responsible for eclipse?

There is an existing question that has reference to mention of Svarbhanu in Rig Veda. But I am more interested in related stories - be it from brahmanas, ithasas or puranas. Specifically, what was his ...
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Why did Indra marry Shachi, the daughter of an Asura?

Shachi is daughter of an Asura Puloma, and is thus an Asuri. Shakra fights always with the Asuras, yet He married Shachi. And Shachi is now become a Goddess. Why did Maghavat marry daughter of an ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Marriage between Rakhsasas/Asuras and Devas

What are well known instances from Hindu Mythology of marriages between groups of mythical times described as Rakhsasas/Asuras (common guru Shukracharya) versus Devas ? Have natural change of ...
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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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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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Were Asuras once good Devas?

Western Indologists say that Asuras were once good Devas that later rebelled against the Devas and became evil gods or anti-gods. For example, Michael Witzel in his paper Autochthonous Aryans says: ...
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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 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 ...
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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! ...
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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 ...
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Which Mleccha languages were revealed by the Asuras?

According to the Shatapatha Brahmana, the Mlecchas speak the languages of the Asuras of Patala. The gods then cut her off from the Asuras; and having gained possession of her and enveloped her ...
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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 ...