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

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the Asuras have to tread in the path that is trod by thee! It was after such afflictions that the wielder of the thunderbolt, aided by the Maruts, slew Vritra, and the invincible Namuchi and the …
answered Sep 28 '17 by Keshav Srinivasan
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The Srimad Bhagavatam contains a version of this story, except Vishnu deceives him in a different way: instead of turning into Mohini and attracting him, he turns into a young student and charms him w …
answered Jun 23 '14 by Keshav Srinivasan
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I found the answer to my question in this chapter of the Kedara Kanda of the Skanda Purana. Virochana, like his future son Mahabali, is extremely generous, so Indra approaches him in the form of an o …
answered Apr 21 '16 by Keshav Srinivasan
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Yes, he did. I found the answer in this excerpt from the sixth Adhyaya of the Brihaddevata, an ancient work by the sage Shaunaka that describes the different gods that Rig Vedic verses are addressed …
answered Sep 1 '14 by Keshav Srinivasan
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They are different architects of Asuras with the same name. Two commentaries on the Valmiki Ramayana, the Amritakataka of Kataka Madhav Yogindra and the Ramayanatilaka of Nagesha Bhatta both say that … like Indra, Maya is the name of a post, not a personal name; here's what this book says: [Kataka Madhav Yogindra] deals with the philosophic problem of the death of the architect of the asuras
answered Oct 11 '15 by Keshav Srinivasan
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The story of Mahabali's previous birth is told in this excerpt from the Kedara Kanda of the Skanda Purana. It describes a gambler who has been a really big sinner all his life. One day he is takin …
answered Apr 21 '16 by Keshav Srinivasan
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his good character, considering that he instilled both in his grandson Mahabali, but like Mahabali he seems to have had a desire to have the Asuras take over the three worlds, perhaps out of loyalty …
answered May 19 '15 by Keshav Srinivasan