Asuras

See Index Page : Ancient Beings, People, Tribes, Races In the early Vedic age, the word Asura meant mighty! In present day Kannada, arasu menas king. By one of the nirukta rules given by Yaska, arasu and asura can be related or indicated by the same thing. “The word Asura […]

Vasus

As per Mahabharata (Sambhava Parva) : Brahma had another son named Manu. And Manu had a son of the name of Prajapati. And the sons of Prajapati were eight and were called Vasus whom I shall name in detail. They were Dhara, Dhruva, Soma, Aha, Anila, Anala, Pratyusha, and Prabhasa. These eight […]

Apsarasas

Apsarasas are the divinely beautiful dancers of svarga lōka. The following section from the itihāsa – mahābhārata gives some of their names. Some of them married kings and some married RSIs and started great dynasties and lineages. Some writers have suggested that they were connected to water sources. […]

kinnarās

Some mountain tribes, run up the hills using their toes and balls of their feet, never touching their heels to the ground, giving the impression of “horse feet” or “goat feet”. The word kinnara comes from kim +nara = what (is it) human? The Kinnaras frequently occur in […]

Maya Danava (Maya Asura)

Lineage : Maya is often called Danava which means descendant of Danu, one of Kasyapa‘s 13 wives and a daughter of Dakhsa Prajapati. However in the Uttarakanda of Ramayana, Maya is also described as Diti’s son (a Daitya and as the king of the Daityas). Diti is a different wife of Kasyapa. Some modern people speak […]

Danavas

dAnavAs : Kasyapa’s wife Danu had a hundred sons, chief amongst whom was vipracitti. They and their descendants were known as the danavas. (from Linga Puranam). A famous Danava was Maya, the son of Vipracitti and Simhika, the author of the Surya Siddhantam. However in the Uttarakanda of Ramayana, Maya is also described as Diti’s son (a Daitya and […]

Daityas

daityAs : The Daitya Hiranyakasipu, the son of Diti (finite) and Kasyapa, the brother of Hiranyaksha, father of Prahlada, (and the father-in-law of Bhrgu or of Sukra – I need to verify), was killed by Narasimha. Our legends also tell us that Kasyapa had 13 wives and all of  them were Daksha‘s daughters. aditi’s children were […]

Adityas

Adityas : As per the Linga Purana : Aditi’s sons were the twelve Adityas, named Indra, Dhata, Bhaga, Tvashta, Mitra, Varuna, Aryama, Vivasvan, Savita, Pusha, Amshuman and Vishnu. Vivasvan is father of Vaivaswatha Manu. Bhaga, Mitra, Savita, Pusha, Vivaswan and Amshuman are sometimes taken to be the names of Surya Deva. Dhata is […]