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:
Thus addressed by his ministers, king Vrishadarbhi became filled with wrath against all those Rishis. Indeed, to take vengeance upon them, the monarch entered his ...
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।
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 (...
In the famous dialogue between Yama (in form of Yaksha) and King Yudhishthira there is mention about the eligibility to be a a brahmin.
The verse goes as follows(Question no-31):
The Yaksha asked,—“By what, O king, birth, behaviour, study, or learning both
a person become a Brahmana? Tell us with certitude!”
Yudhishthira answered,-“Listen, O Yaksha! It ...
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 Ramayana, Aranya Kanda, Chapter 69. But it is not exactly same as the wikipedia link you have mentioned.
आसेदतुः च तत् रक्षः तौ उभौ प्रमुखे स्थितम् |
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, Ghatotkacha was of gigantic form. His face was of
the hue of copper. His belly was low and sunken. The bristles on his
body all pointed upwards. His head was ...
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 first chapter Saunaka Rishi asks to know about the demon Kali from Suta Goswami:
Who is Kali? Where was he born? How did he become the master of the
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 of legend of Airavan and Mahiravan is Ananda Ramayana. It is part of story of Rama which is spread in vast expanse (Charitam Raghunatasya Shatakoti Pravistaram). ...
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 of Ramayana as well as in Puranas like Srimad Bhagavatam.
In the Uttara Kanda, Rishi Agastya tells Rama the story of their creation, when Rama asked the same ...
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 defeats Ravana, destroys his chariot, crown. He gives Ravana a second chance. After thinking Ravana sends for the help of these two rakshasas who were experts in ...
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. This is same as how Drona's son Ashwatthama is also called Drauni.
As per Yuddha Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana:
सो अन्तर्धान गतह् पापो रावणी रण कर्कशाः | ब्रह्म ...
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 सँहारो।
को नहिं जानत है जग में कपि संकटमोचन नाम तिहारो॥७॥
When Ahiravan secretly carried away Lord Rama and his brother Laxmana
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 daughters, the Pisacas asked him- (Who are you ?) To whom do you belong?' And he told them everything. On hearing the activities and the lineage of that Raksasa, ...
Ahiravan or Mahiravan was Rakshas like Ravana. Both are the name of same Rakshahs only. He was bother of Ravana. During the battle of Ramayana, Ravana ask his brother's help in battle. Lord Hanuman was taking care of security during nights. Ahiravan was able to take any roop ( form ). So he took the roop of Vibhishan ( Ranava's another brother ) and went ...
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 section of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata talks about how a particular clan of Danavas, called the Kalakeyas, wanted to destroyed the universe and genocide and ...
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, Aruṇi and Yati, all
sons of Brahmā, did not live at home, but became ūrdhva-retā, or
naiṣṭhika-brahmacārīs, unadulterated celibates.
SB 4.8.2 — Another ...
This explains it in detail:
Basically, the 4 varnas (Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra) exist in every jati (deva, manushya, gandharva, rakshasa, pishacha)
So, we can have Deva Vaishya, manushya Kshatirya, Rakshasa Brahmana ...
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
Normally they are represented as eaters of men, an example is Hidimba and his sister Hidimbi (or also Hidimba) who wanted to eat the Pandavas and Kunti:
I'm not a member here, but I was doing some research and came upon this thread, so I thought I would contribute.
I'm a Eastern philosophies scholar and a Shakta and Advaita Vedantist. My swami and religious instructor is a Dharmic teacher, teaching almost 50 years. I asked him this same question once.
Suras and Asuras were originally ways to describe ...
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 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.
Soul is soul no matter of devta's, human's, rakshasa's or anybody's.
But the soul is given the category as per soul's nature.
Even the worst person can be the best no matter he is rakshasa or not.
For Example, Prahlad was rakshasa by birth!! But he is the best devotee of Lord Vishnu whom all rakshasa hate.
At any point of time nature can change. But it is ...
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 differences between the two.
Manu Smriti, the oldest Dharma Shastra, describe everything in creation as manifestations of the 3 gunas(Triguna) viz-Sattva,Rajas and ...
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 / Vedantism:
Persons who do good works here with the thought of reward, when they die, are born again as gods in one of these heavens, as Indra and others. These ...
Asura birth and their characters are only due to previous bad karma and if one asura or rakshasa can be in a good way their birth decides their situation not their actions, their actions are of free will.
EXAMPLE : As Ravana was a brahmin he was in a pious situation by birth but he decided with his actions to be not in a righteous path.
Hiranyakasupu was a ...
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 this world there are only two [kinds of] created beings. One is called divine and the other demonic. ...
BG 16.5 - The divine quality is [for] the ...
Brahm Rakshas is actually the
spirit of a Brahmin , a dead
scholar of high birth, who has
done evil things in his life or
has misused his knowledge, who
has to suffer as a Brahm Rakshas
after his or her death. The earth-
bound duties of such a scholar
would be to disperse or impart
knowledge to good students. If
he did not do so, he would turn
into a Brahma ...
Not sure if there are many but found couple of instances that sort of invoke Asura/Asuri:
The Book 1 of Ṛgveda describes Savitr as an Asura who is a "kind leader" and help is asked from him against Rākṣasas and Yatudhanas.
हिरण्यहस्तो असुरः सुनीथः सुमृळीकः स्ववाँ यात्वर्वाङ् । अपसेधन्रक्षसो
यातुधानानस्थाद्देवः प्रतिदोषं गृणानः ॥१०॥
May he, ...
I am doing research of Mahabharata in parallel to asking this question and I would like to add my findings here as an answer here for future reference
When Duryodhana goes to Aranya where Dharma raja and his brothers are residing he gets into fight with Gandharvas and is defeated by them. Gandharvas capture Duryodhana and soldiers of Duryodhana will ask ...
Rama, Lakshmana and Sita were
exiled for a period of 14 years
from the kingdom by Dasharatha
at the behest of Rama's
stepmother Kaikeyi . The trio
traveled south from Ayodhya and
passed through the
Dandakaranya (Dandaka forest)
to the banks of the Godavari
River where they built a
hermitage at Panchavati .
Maricha recalls the following
incident when talking ...