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

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Who were Sunda and Upasunda?

As I am going through the Bala kanda of Valmiki Ramayana, came across the four names of demons Mareecha and Subaahu who were killed by Lord Rama. And they were the descendants of the earliest demons ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Does controlling one sense ease controlling other senses?

According to Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, senses drive towards the objects and the asuras will incarnate the sensual desires like wanting to eat something tasty, wanted to see something beautiful etc. ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Where can I read the original story of Bhasmasura?

When I was a kid, I read the Amar Chitra Katha version of the story of Bhasmasura - the asura who was granted a boon by Shiva allowing him to kill anyone on whose head he placed his hand. In the end, ...
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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.
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Samudra Manthan and the role of Alcohol - Suras, Asuras and Varuni

The relationship between Samudra Manthan and alcohol came up in a comment thread to another question, with one commenter stating that alcohol was forbidden in Hinduism because Daanavs drank alcohol ...
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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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