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Did Trisiras predict his own death in a Vedic hymn?

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 ...
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How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra?

The full story is described in Srimad Bhagvata MahaPurana, Skandha 6, Adhyaya 9 to 12. SB 6.9: Appearance of the Demon Vṛtrāsura SB 6.10: The Battle Between the Demigods and Vṛtrāsura SB 6.11: The ...
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What does the word 'Asura' mean in the Vedas?

The word Asura has 2 meanings in the text Rig Veda In positive sense and negative sense. The word asa means breath and the word Asura would mean who has his strength in the breath or who is the ...
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Is it true that Durga had problems with a demon that only created clones? What is this story?

Devi Mahatmyam, which is a part of Markandeya Purana doesn't tell that Devi had any problem killing the Ratkabija. You can read the full story in this chapter. Actually the Gods (devas) were greatly ...
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Difference between Devas, Daevas, Asuras and Rakshasa

The usual translations are dēva=sura=divine, āsura=demoniac, rākšasa=man-eating. The divine qualities The dēvas are supposed to have these: fearlessness (abhayam), purification of existence (sattva ...
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What scriptures describe the previous birth of Asura Mahabali?

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 ...
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Why did Indra marry Shachi, the daughter of an Asura?

Interesting question and a valid one. Why should Indra, the ruler of Devas marry an Asura princess? There is no clear cut answer but the Rigved contains one particular hymn that is spoken by Shachi ...
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What is the story of Kalanemi who was reborn as Kamsa?

The story of Kalanemi after getting killed by Vishnu is mentioned in Garga Samhita. Kalanemi regained life with the help of Shukracarya and then performed severe austerities. He got a boon from Brahma ...
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Who is the 'messenger' of Asuras and what is his story?

According to Vayu Purana, Chapter 29, Saharaksha is the son of Pavaka and serve as the Agni for the Asuras. पवमानात्मजश्चैव कव्यवाहन उच्यते। पावकात्सहरक्षस्तु हव्यवाहः शुचेः सुतः॥४॥ The son ...
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Did Prahalad attack Devaloka in his lifetime?

Yes, Prahlada did conquer Devaloka. People don't generally discuss Prahlada's adult life, because it's not nearly as inspiring as the story of his childhood. He maintained his devotion to Vishnu and ...
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Where can I read the original story of Bhasmāsura?

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 ...
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What is the story of Mahabali's sister's attempt to destroy the world?

I found the answer on page 337 of this book: In fact, most [North Indian] manuscripts replace the name of Manthara with Dirghajihva, "Long-tounged"[.]... Dirghajihva is a rakshasa woman known to ...
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Why did Asuras live on Earth & Devas did not?

Interesting question but let me clear one point first - NOT all Asuras live on earth, in fact the residence of most Asuras is the underworld. The Shatapatha Brahmana 1.2.4 tells us the reason why they ...
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What happened to the asuras?

Well they are still existing! The Devi Bhagwat Puran Book 8 Chapter 19 gives the following account of the lower lokas that are the residences of various Asura species. Talking about the region of ...
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How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra?

There is a slightly different version of the story of Vritra as mentioned in the Mahabharata. There Indra is defeated by Vritra, gets advice from Vishnu, befriends Vritra based on that advice, and ...
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Who is Kalakanja?

Kalakanja is not a single Danava but they are group of Danavas and are are known as Kalakanjas. They were the sons of Sage Kashyapa and Kalaka as described in Vishnu Purana, Book 1, Chapter 21. ...
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Is caste system only for humans?

Brahman initially projected Varna/cast in deities, Varna of deities as described in Brihadaranyaka: Brahmin- Agni Kshatriya- Indra, Varuna, the moon, Rudra, Parjanya, Yama, Death, and Isana Vaishya-...
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Who killed Banasura - Lord Krishna or Devi?

As per Chapter 55, Rudra Samhita (Yuddha Khanda) of Shiva Purana and Chapter 63, Book 10 of Srimad Bhagvatam, Sri Krishna only cut hands of Banasura. But Chapter 12, Part 1 of Agni Purana doesn't ...
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Are there any asura that asked for a boon/wish and they didn't became evil?

Karkati is one such example. She takes boon from Brahma and realizes later to become good and becomes Jivan muktha. Her story is mentioned in Part 3 - The Story of Karkaṭī in Utpatti-prakaraṇa of Yoga-...
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When was Ravana hit by the Sudarshana Chakra?

Ravana was hit with Sudarshana Chakra in his war with Gods. विष्णु चक्र निपातैः च शतशो देव संयुगे | अन्यैः शस्त्रैः प्रहारैः च महायुद्धेषु ताडितम् || ३-३२-१० His body bears hundreds of welts ...
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Who spoke the Lakshmi ashtakam & did Lakshmi really kill Kolhasura?

I'm answering the first part of your question regarding the composer and the source of the Mahalakshmi Ashtakam. The composer is Indra ,the king of Gods, and the Ashtaka is found in the Padma Purana.
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Were both the MAYAs mentioned in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata one and the same (or) different?

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 ...
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How could Asuras get boons from God?

Irrespective of one's motive, if one does sufficient austerities or tapas then he/she is bound to get the rewards. Whatever his intention was will not prevent him from getting the rewards. Here are ...
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Which scriptures describe Vritra as an Asura?

Which Scriptures say Vritra was an Asura. Markandeya Purana – Chapter 5 – Indra’s transformations. Background – In this chapter we find the story of birth of Vritrasura , here he is called as asura. ...
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Why deities are called asuras in rig-veda why it became a symbol of demons in post-rigvedic period?

The word Asura can have many meanings. Primary being this - A-Sura or not Sura". In this sense, the word is used in the Yajur Veda (here KYV denotes the Krishna Yajur Veda) too. Where the word is ...
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Who was Parâvasu the former Hotri for Asuras?

According to Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Tirtha-yatra Parva: SECTION CXXXV, Paravasu and Arvavasu were the son of Raivya (or Raibhya). "Lomasa said, 'Bharadwaja and Raivya were two friends. ...
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Is it true that Durga had problems with a demon that only created clones? What is this story?

Well the story you are talking about is the story of a demon named Raktabīja, he came to known by this name after he was blessed with a unique boon by Lord Brahma. As per this boon, if a drop of blood ...
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Who is the wood-cutter Indra promised would be honored in every Yagna?

https://books.google.co.in/books?id=WLSeAwAAQBAJ&pg=PT151&lpg=PT151&dq=taksha+indra&source=bl&ots=nqHcsCdzfu&sig=MJsl4uHRyBx2IvxJyf21MmR_FwE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=...
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What is the story behind the nature of Asuras and Devas?

The nature of asuras is such because they were conceived in the womb of Diti at an improper time. Desiring to have children and overcome by lust Diti approached sage Kashyapa at the evening time when ...
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