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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 to and the stories of how those verses were heard from the gods. Here is what it says about the hymn (Book 10 Hymn 8) I quoted above: Trisiras son of ...


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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 Transcendental Qualities of Vṛtrāsura SB 6.12: Vṛtrāsura’s Glorious Death SB 6.9.18 — That very fearful demon, who was actually the son of Tvaṣṭā, covered all ...


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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 of Pavamāna was known as Kavyavāhana and from Pāvaka was born Saharakşa and Havyavāha was the son of Suci. देवानां हव्यवाहोऽग्निः पितृणां कव्यवाहनः। ...


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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 do not live in the same place: The gods and the Asuras, both of them sprung from Pragâpati,were contending for superiority. The gods vanquished the ...


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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 samšuddhih), adherence to knowledge (jnāna vyavastitih), cooperation (yoga vyavasthitih), charity (dāna), self-control (dama), sacrifice (yajna), svādhyāya (...


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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 Vitala it states: Vitala is situated below the earth. There the Bhagavân Bhava, worshipped by all the Devas, has assumed the name of Hâtakes’vara and is staying ...


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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. Vaiswánara had two daughters, Pulomá and Káliká, who were both married to Kaśyapa, and bore him sixty thousand distinguished Dánavas, called Paulomas and ...


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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 herself and which gives an insight into what could have happened. In Verse 159, Book 10 of Rigved Shachi states that there was some competition for Indra's ...


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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 possessed of breath (the meaning given by yaksha nirukta).That means an asura is someone who is posser of breath that he could perform Great actions by his power ...


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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 the Mahabharata (3.276.4). There she is said to be slain by Indra. Here is what the relevant chapter of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata says: Even the ...


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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 later kills Vritra by throwing foam infused with Vishnu's power on him. (All of the following are from K.M. Ganguly's translation of Vyasa's MahaBharata) ...


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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 with his words: The demon named Vṛka, a son of Śakuni’s, once met Nārada on the road. The wicked fellow asked him which of the three chief gods could be ...


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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 ...


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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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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 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 ...


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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 taking some flowers, betel leaves, and sandal paste to pay a prostitute, when he is accosted by robbers who take all his possessions including his clothes, so all he ...


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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. Here in this chapter a bird explaining about five Pandavas being incarnations of Indra. Indra Killed Tvasta’s son , then hearing his son was slain , the ...


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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 mention cutting of arms . Chapter 56, Rudra Samhita (Yuddha Khanda) of Shiva Purana also says Bana acquired position of a Gana in Kailasa. As per Shiva Purana, ...


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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 ghosts, demons, etc. were wandering lead by Shiva, the lord of ghosts. So Kashyapa told Diti to wait for sometime because that time was inauspicious: This ...


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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 caused when assaulted with Vishnu-disc for hundreds of times in wars with gods, and when assaulted for hundreds of times with the other assaults-missiles in ...


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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 a few verses from the Manu Smriti which talk about this overwhelming power of austerity. 11.234. All the bliss of gods and men is declared by the sages to ...


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Yes, Vritra is described as an Asura in Mahabharata many times. I am giving below some of the verses. 32 अनायुषः पुनः पुत्राश चत्वारॊ ऽसुर पुङ्गवाः विक्षरॊ बलवीरौ च वृत्रश चैव महासुरः And Danayu also had four sons who were bulls among the Asuras. They were Vikshara, Vala, Vira, and Vritra the great Asura. Mahabharata, Adi Parva, SECTION LXV ...


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Brahma 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- Vasus, Rudras, Adityas, Visvadevas and Maruts Sudra- Pushan/Earth I-iv-11: In the beginning this (the Kshatriya and other castes) was indeed Brahman, one only....


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References of Devas like Indra, Varun, Agni etc. doing severe tapasya to seek extra ordinary powers/boon in order to counter attack Asuras. Yes in in Brahmanda Purana there is a story of Indra and all the devas performing a penance at the slopes of Himalaya in order to defeat Asura leader Bhandasura and all the other asuras , Who is later Killed By Devi ...


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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. And they dwelt here, ever taking the greatest pleasure in each other's company. Now, Raivya had two sons, named Arvavasu and Paravasu. And, Bharadwaja, O Bharata'...


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Yes evil does get stronger at certain hours of the day and certain days of the month. According to various scriptures, the demons were created by Brahma from his Tamsik body after he created night-time hence are more strong after sunset. Vishnu Puran Chapter 5 mentions: Brahmá then, being desirous of creating the four orders of beings, termed gods, ...


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Generally asura means someone who is opposite or anti of the suras. Sura means the devas and are called so because they took Varuni (goddess of wine or sura) when she emerged from the churning of the ocean. So Asuras are danavas or demons and they are such by their birth as they were born of Danu, a wife of rishi Kashyapa. The Mahabharata narrates about ...


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Lets understand the difference between Asura and Rakshasa. Asura : is not with birth, anyone who is not righteous can be termed as asura, its more related to the deeds of any living entity, even animals. Rakshasa: is a kind of yoni altogether, it is a species who is like human, has brains but is carnivorous, they can be good or bad, like good one being ...


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