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What is the story of Kali the demon?

Kali is stated to be the embodiment or personification of sin or paapa. The Kalki Purana is one such Purana which has the details of his origin and details of how his family propagated etc. In the ...
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Who are the demonic beings called Yatudhanas?

A Yatudhana is a type of Rakshasa. The demoness created by by the king Vrishadarbhi is referred to as both a Yatudhani and a Rakshasi in this chapter of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata: ...
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Who killed Ahiravan or Mahiravan?

The story of Airavan and Mahiravan abducting Rama and Lakshmana is found in Ananda Ramayana. They are two different persons. I have written answer to Who were Ahiravan and Mahiravan? . The source ...
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What is the story of the one-eyed demon Kabandha in Ramayan?

Is any scripture says Kabandha, a demon who appears in Ramayan, having no head or neck with one large eye on the breast and a mouth on the stomach? The form of Kabandha is described in Valmiki ...
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How do Rakshasas look? Physical appearance of Rakshasas?

Citing from The Mahabharata, Book 7: Drona Parva: Ghatotkacha-badha Parva : SECTION CLXXV, describing the battle between Vikartana's son, Karna, and the Rakshasa Ghatotkacha. Of blood-red eyes, ...
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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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Who were Ahiravan and Mahiravan?

Airavana and Mairavan were friends of Ravana. These rule the netherworld. Ravana sends for his messengers to get their help in defeating Rama and Lakshmana in the battle. In the battle, Lord Rama ...
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Do Rakshasas have a gotra?

Rakshasas and Yakshas are perhaps the only two species unrelated to Maharshi Kashyapa. They are children of Lord Brahma. The creation of Rakshasas is described in the 4th chapter of the Uttara Kanda ...
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How were Rakshas created?

As per Valmiki Ramayana: UTTARA KANDA: Sarga 4, Lord Brahama created creatures to protect water and those creatures came to be known as Rakshasas and Yakshas: The lord of creatures sprung from water, ...
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Who is the Rakshasa named Ravani in Ramayan?

Who is the Rakhas named Ravani in Ramayan? Is Ravani the charitor of Ravan or the son of Ravan? Is there any relationship between Ravan and Ravani? Ravani was Meghanada (Indrajit) the son of Ravana. ...
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Who are the demonic beings called Yatudhanas?

According to Brahmanda Purana, Volume 2, Chapter 7, Yatudhana was the daughter of Jantudhana. She belongs to a class of Pishacha. 80-82. On seeing the Raksasa seized (and brought near) by their ...
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What is Rakshasa, were they only in Ram period and not any more?

The rakshasas are sons of Pulastya (a son of Brahma) and so to speak, they are brothers of the monkeys and the kinnaras: From Pulastya were born the rakshasas, the monkeys and the kinnaras.13 ...
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Who killed Ahiravan or Mahiravan?

As per 7th verses of Sankatmochan Hanumanashtak बंधु समेत जबै अहिरावन लै रघुनाथ पताल सिधारो। देबिहिं पूजि भली बिधि सों बलि देउ सबै मिलि मंत्र बिचारो। जाय सहाय भयो तब ही अहिरावन सैन्य समेत ...
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What is the meaning of Brahmarakshasa?

A partial answer. When does one become a BrahmarAkshasa? Samyogam patitaira gatvA parasya eva cha yoshitam | Apahritya cha viprasvam bhavati brahmarAkshasah || ..... Manu Smriti 12.60. He ...
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Is Raavana a rakshasa or a brahmin and how he can be a king too?

This explains it in detail: https://www.quora.com/Is-there-any-difference-between-Asuras-and-Rakshasas-per-Hindu-mythology-Was-Ravana-an-Asura-or-a-Rakshasa Basically, the 4 varnas (Brahmana, ...
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Rakshasa sleeping habits

According to Bhagavad Gita 16.7, the Asuras don't (usually) follow rules pertaining to Dharma like Saucha (cleanliness), righteous conducts (SadAchAra) etc etc. Pravrittincha nivrittincha janA na ...
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Is anti-Brahminism a quality of Asuras and Rakshasas?

Is anti-Brahminism characteristic of Asuras and Rakshasas? Yes, the Asuras, Rakshasas, and Pisachas frequently engage in the genocide and massacre of Brahmanas and Rishis who live on Earth. This ...
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What is the story of Kali the demon?

A brief account of Kali is found in Bhagavata purana 4th Canto, Chapter 8. SB 4.8.1 — The great sage Maitreya said: The four great Kumāra sages headed by Sanaka, as well as Nārada, Ṛbhu, Haṁsa, ...
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What is scriptural reference for the concept of Brahma Rakshasa?

Brahma Rakshasa is found at least in the following sources: Padma Purana, chapter 5.7, where Ravana is said to be of a Brahma-Rakshasa class: [...] O great king, you yourself are that great god Viṣṇu,...
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Can a human become demon or viceversa?

Manu Smriti 12.60. He who has associated with outcasts, he who has approached the wives of other men, and he who has stolen the property of a Brahmana become Brahmarakshasas. Can a human of degraded ...
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Was Raavan really a Ved pandit, and a great scholar? What were his dharmik qualities and acts if any?

How could such an ignorant be a great scholar? Indeed, Ravana was chaturvedi pandit and well versed in Shadanga of vedas. But, this is just because he was born in Brahmin Kula, thus following Brahmin ...
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Asuras/Rakshasas who became good?

Asuras/Rakshasas/Daityas/Danavas who were initially evil but eventually became good i.e moved to the side of Dharma? Hidimva or Hidimbi or Hidimbā She is mentioned as the female cannibal in The ...
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Who is the current leader of Asuras?

As per Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) » 8.22, Bali Mahārāja is still the ruler of Asuras (mainly Daityas): SB 8.22.31 — The Lord continued: Because of his great tolerance, I have given him a ...
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Righteousness among Rakhshasas

While a layman uses the words Asura,Daitya ,Rakshasa synonymously but there are differences between them. Atleast ,as far as a Daitya and a Rakshasa are concerned there is quite a good amount of ...
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Difference between Devas, Daevas, Asuras and Rakshasa

Bhagavad Gita has the most precise terms for Deva-s and Asura-s. Deva = the one with Daivi sampada (divine quality) Asura = the one with Asuri sampada (demonic quality) BG 16.6 — O son of Pṛthā, in ...
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Why do we acquire Karma only in human birth and not in higher births such as Demi gods, etc?

All beings acquire karma except the ones who have realized their true nature. For them alone, there is no karma. Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda / Volume 3 / Lectures from Colombo to Almora / ...
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Who is the three headed son of Ravana

In the Srimad Valmiki Ramayana, there are two Rakshasas by the name of Trishiras, one being the commander-in-chief of Khara’s army and the other being Ravana’s son. Both are explained below:- 1. ...
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Difference between Devas, Daevas, Asuras and Rakshasa

As per my understanding Deva(देव) - God (Its categorized further in 33 category(तैतिसकोटि). Which sometime misunderstood as 33 Crors) Daiva(दैव) - According to Law of Karma, Your balance according ...
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Difference between Devas, Daevas, Asuras and Rakshasa

Zoroaster = Hari ? Mantra of the Universal Soul: Gae-ush Urva-nem The Earth’s Souls’ lament: Ys29.1 In anguish; wailed Mother Earth, taking the shape of the self sacrificing Cow. Why & for ...
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