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Rakshasa sleeping habits

In Mahabharata, Bhishma told that one should wake up at Brahma Muhurta. Does rakshasa follow that? If not, provide an example that rakshasa won't follow proper sleeping times. Are there any ...
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What is the meaning of demon names: yAtudAnAs and AtatAyins?

Demons are also called yAtudAnAs and AtatAyins. What are the meanings of these two terms and why demons are called so.
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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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How do Rakshasas look? Physical appearance of Rakshasas?

What are the various physical appearances of Rakshasas?
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Is Duryodhana awarded as leader of Rakshashas by Lord Shiva?

I want to know if there is any reference in our puranas saying that Duryodhana is awarded as leader of Rakshashas by Lord Shiva. The reason for his birth is a boon to Rakshashas or something along ...
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What texts/books deal with Hindu demonology?

I have studied Western demonology over the past two years. I would like to study it now from a Hindu perspective. So can anybody recommend me books/texts regarding it?
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The difference between Gods and demons [duplicate]

what is the difference between Gods and demons, although Lord Brahma accept the penance of Gods and demons equally. why Gods are "absolute Good" and demons are "absolute Evil"?
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What is the story of the one-eyed demon Kabandha in Ramayan?

Does any scripture say about Kabandha, a demon who appears in Ramayana, having no head or neck with one large eye on the breast and a mouth on the stomach? Why does he have only one eye instead of ...
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Did Lord Rama or Lord Krishna ever convince any Rakshasa?

Did Lord Rama or Lord Krishna ever convince any Rakshasa and also did the Rakshasa changed his attitude to only spiritual life leaving behind all his sinful actions and follow them?
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Who are the demonic beings called Yatudhanas?

This verse of Rigveda mentions a class of beings called Yatudhanas: I balm with oil the mighty Rakṣas-slayer; to the most famous Friend I come for shelter Enkindled, sharpened by our rites, ...
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What is the meaning of Brahmarakshasa?

What is the meaning of Brahmarakshasa and how is it different from Narasura, Rakshasa, Asura etc? Is Ravana a Brahmarakshasa?
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Can Asuras or Rakshasas be summoned by any ritual?

In Pagan religions 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 purposes?
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Why two Rakshasa idols are kept near the main idol of Govindaraja Temple, Tirupati?

I was listening to Chaganti Koteswara Rao's speeches about the Govindaraja Temple, Tirupati. He said that there 2 Rakshasas are kept near main idol. Why 2 Rakshasas are kept near the main idol of ...
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Who actually were demons (Rakshash) and Danav mentioned in Ramayana, Mahabharata and other purans? [duplicate]

Were they different species or just human following adharma? We read in puranas that they were powerful, mayavi, had body features like animals. I am confused. Tulsidasji says in Ramcharitmanas ...
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Is Raavana a rakshasa or a brahmin and how he can be a king too?

First, how is Raavana a rakshasa and a brahmin at the same time? Second, if Raavana is Brahmin, how is he the king of Lanka? Since one's caste was determined based on one's karma, I would think ...
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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 Rakshasa, were they only in Ram period and not any more?

I could not understand who are the RAKSHASAS and if they belong only to India, Lanka or anywhere else in the world? If they were in that period then why don't they exist in today's world? How did ...
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Do Rakshasas have a gotra?

Did all Rakshasas descend only from Kashyapa or from other sages as well ? Were Vasishta Agasthya of Rakshasa origin? What proportion of Rakshasas were evil and what part pious and neutral judging ...
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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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Why is Ravan considered a Rakshasa?

Ravana's father was a Brahmin while his mother a Rakshasi. Then why is he considered a Rakshasa, Rather than a Brahmin. Is it because of his actions?
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Who were Ahiravan and Mahiravan?

Were there any characters like Ahiravan and Mahiravan in Ramayana? What did they do in Lord Rama's battle against Ravana? I heard they captured Lord Rama and Laxmana. Can someone explain this ...
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Are the Rakshasas (demons) eternal?

God (Paratma) in Hinduism is beyond the realm of time, as a result of which He is eternal. According to the Hindu philosophy, each living creature possesses a soul (inner core of consciousness) which ...
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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.