I have recently bought the KAmAkhyA Tantram. The 5th chapter of this text is called "Mohini VidyA". In that chapter Lord Shiva tells Goddess PArvati different Mantras and methods of "Mohana KAryas" or methods of attracting beings.
There a Mantra is given that will attract every beings when mastered. It is capable of attracting (or summoning like you have ...
It is not that if you worship Kubera you will become evil minded or something just because he is a Yaksha.
He is one of the Dasha DikpAlas (ten guardians of directions) too and he guards the northern direction. Now, in all PujAs, worshiping the Dasha DikapAlas is almost mandatory. So, a pujA to Kubera can not be avoided.
And, individually too he is ...
Yakshas and Rakshasas are counterpart same as how Devas and Daityas are.
Screenshot from Valmiki Ramayana: UTTARA KANDA: Sarga 4 (Sanskrit - Hindi version by Chaturvedi Dwarka Prasad Sharma):
prajāpatiḥ purā sṛṣṭvā apaḥ salilasaṃbhavaḥ
tāsāṃ gopāyano sattvān asṛjat padmasaṃbhavaḥ
te sattvāḥ sattvakartāraṃ vinītavad ...
What exactly are yakshas?
Answered here: Who are Yaksha-s.
Is it good or bad to worship them? Will they get angry if you stop praying to them?
It's about personal liking. As mentioned in above link, Yaksha-s have attachive qualities like Raksha (also known as RAkshasa). Hence they are prayed in mode of passion (Rajas).
Upon stop worshipping, they will ...
Dhruva Maharaja fight with Yakshas is described in SB 4.10. He fought because his brother Uttama was killed by a Yaksha.
uttamas tv akṛtodvāho
tan-mātāsya gatiṁ gatā (3)
Dhruva Mahārāja’s younger brother Uttama, who was still unmarried, once went on a hunting excursion and was killed by a powerful Yakṣa ...
Yakṣa (यक्ष) according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XX). Accordingly, “he knows that a jealous man who loves to dispute but who can give fine houses (gṛha), beds and seats (śayāsana), clothing (vastra) and food (āhāra), will be reborn among the Yakṣas who fly about in palaces and temples where they enjoy all kinds of pleasures and ...
I think wikipedia is wrong in this case. Let me explain:
The closest archetype in Hinduism to the western concept of Succubus seems to be Apsaras or Water-Nymphs. Scriptures abound with examples of Apsaras distracting Rishis in their tapas by employing sexual tactics1. An example that springs to mind is Viswamitra-Menaka encounter.
1. Many a time they are ...
As you mentioned in your question that yaksha as a species is widely mentioned in hindu, buddhist, and jain religions.
In some way it is referrered as succubus or something related to it.
In jain tradition yaksha means protector deity. Ganesha, for example is a yaksha as per jain belief.
In Buddhism there are species similar to yaksha and they have ...
Yaksha is very similar to Jinn (or Ginny). They are usually demonic entities (as per ISKCON) or Ogres (as per Gambhirananda). Though they are similar, they are different from the Rakshasa.
From Wikipedia article:
Yaksha (Sanskrit yakṣa, Pali yakkha) is the name of a broad class of
nature-spirits (or demons), usually benevolent, who are caretakers of ...
Continuation to Triyugi Narayan Mani's answer:
When Dhruva Mahārāja heard of the killing of his brother Uttama by the
Yakṣas in the Himālaya Mountains, being overwhelmed with lamentation
and anger, he got on his chariot and went out for victory over the
city of the Yakṣas, Alakāpurī. Dhruva Mahārāja went to the northern
direction of the Himālayan ...
There is Yaksha sadhana to obtain the siddhi, however if some yaksha is hiding among us, he can be seen using method stated in KamaRatnaTantra.
KamaRatnaTantra 12th Upadesh:
वन्दा शाखोट चूतस्थागोक्षुरं छूवणं पदम् ॥
अजाक्षीरेण सम्पेष्य ललाटे तिलके कृते ।
प्रकाशं जायते सर्व तच्छणुष्व समाहितः ॥
Crush and mix stem of Shakhotaka (Streblus asper), Mango tree, ...
What is the difference between Yakshas & Gandharvas?
The primary difference is their origin. Puranas describes the origin story of Yakshas:
Vishnu Purana - Next from lord Brahma, in a form composed of the quality of rajas, was produced hunger, of whom anger was born: and the god put forth in darkness beings emaciate with hunger, of hideous aspects, and ...
Yakshas are a class of Upadevas (Semi-Gods).
There are ten types of Upadevas, namely - Vidyadhara, Apsara, Yaksha, Rakshasa, Gandharva, Kinnara, Pisaca, Guhyaka, Siddha and Bhuta.
Yakshas and Rakshasas are related. Yakshas are the progeny of the Sage Pulastya.
O best of Kings, the offsprings of the Pulastya of great wisdom were the Rakshasas, Monkeys, ...
Yes, Yakshas did penance and got boons from supreme Gods.
One such instance is given in Valmiki Ramayana: Bala Kanda: Sarga 25:
Once there was a formidable yaksha named Suketu, but he was childless, and he who had devout conduct performed a great ascesis.
Gladdening at his ascesis, Rama, then the Forefather Brahma gave him a gemlike daughter who is renowned ...
Yes. Kubera, lord of the Yakshas performed penance and received boons from Brahma. See here
Afterwards Kubera performed penance for ten thousand years in water with head submerged, to please Brahmā. Yet, Brahmā did not appear. Then he performed penance standing on one foot in the centre of Pañcāgni. Brahmā appeared and asked him to choose any boon. Kubera ...