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

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Shatapatha Brahmana 1.5.1 mentions an interesting thing about the priests of the Devas and Asuras: He steps beside the Hotri's seat, takes one stalk of (reed) grass from the Hotri's seat and … casts it outside (the sacrificial ground), with the formula, 'Ejected is the wealth-clutcher (parâvasu, lit. "off-wealth")!' Formerly, namely, the Hotri of the Asuras was one Parâvasu by name: him he …
asked Sep 25 '18 by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
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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 … -killing, foe-killing voice; and by his snorting and roaring the Asuras and Rakshas were continually being crushed. Thereupon the Asuras said to one another: 'Evil, alas! this bull inflicts upon us …
asked Sep 19 '18 by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
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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' …
asked Jul 5 '18 by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
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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 be …
asked Nov 3 '17 by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
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. He kills his enemies in battle with it. Living in Patala he rives the earth with it and accordingly creates a door for all the Asuras. Now he has riven the earth with that mace Sunanda. How will you …
asked Apr 23 '18 by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
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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 … the opposite spectrums? The Yog Vasishtha gives an interesting account of Shukracharya's struggles before becoming the guru of the Asuras and I am sharing it in short: Shukra, the son of sage …
asked Feb 20 '18 by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
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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 …
asked Jul 30 '17 by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
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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 …
asked Jul 26 '17 by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
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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 wit …
asked Jul 2 '18 by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
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Like Aditi, the mother of Adityas (including Indra), Danu is one of the wives of Kashyap Rishi who is the mother of Danavs. This Rigvedic Verse that describes the killing of the dragon Vritra by Indra …
asked Aug 22 '17 by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
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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 … sacrificed the bull of Manu that had a voice that could kill Asuras but then something interesting happened: These two said, 'God-fearing, they say, is Manu: let us two then ascertain!' They then …
asked Sep 20 '18 by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
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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 … for the gods; and an Asura-Rakshas, named Saharakshas, for the Asuras. We know about Agni acting as a messenger for the gods but I am more interested in the Asura who was chosen by his side. So my question is: Who is this Sahar-akshas, the messenger of the Asuras and what is his story? …
asked Sep 24 '18 by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal