Asuras, or demons, are a group of generally malevolent divine beings who are the enemies of the gods. Their stories usually involve them doing penance and obtaining boons, becoming invincible, but dying in the end.

Shiva shooting an arrow at the three cities of the Tripurasuras

Tripurasura: Asuras of the Three Cities

Previous Read: Tarakasura Tripurasura refers to a trio of three asura brothers that were collectively known as Tripurasura. The individual names of the brothers are Tarakaksha, Vidyunmali, and Kamalaksha. They were the sons of Tarakasura and after he was killed by Kartikeya, they built three cities and attacked the devas. In the end, they were …

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Maya is a Danava. He is a great architect of the Danavas, Daityas, and sometimes even devas. He is one of the kings of Danavas. During the Mahabharata, Maya built the Indraprastha sabha for the Pandavas and Krishna. He has a lot of mystic powers. He is known as the acharya of all the mayavis. …

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Gajasura was a Danava in Hindu mythology. He was the son of Mahishasura and wanted to take revenge for the death of his father. He was eventually killed by Lord Shiva. Family Father: Mahishasura Penance to Brahma and Boons When the asura Mahishasura was slain by Durga devi, all the devas became really happy. Peace …

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Previous Read: Vajranaga Tarakasura was a Daitya and the son of Vajranaga (son of Diti and Kashyapa). He was killed by Kartikeya. He had a boon that he could only be killed by a son of Shiva. The purpose of his life was to defeat Indra and the devas. Family Father: Vajranaga Mother: Varangi Brothers: …

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Adi was a Daitya. He was the son of Andhaka, an asura killed by Shiva. He wanted to take revenge for his father but was also killed by Shiva. Known Family Father: Andhaka Brother: Baka Death by Shiva Adi wanted to avenge his father Andhaka, who had been killed by Shiva. He decided to try …

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Vajranaga was a Daitya (a class of Asura). He was the son of Kashyapa and Diti. He had enmity with Indra. He later became an ascetic. Family Father: Kashyapa Mother: Diti Wife: Varangi Brothers: Sivi, Aswapati, Aswa, Hiranyakashipu, Hiranyaksha, Sarabha, Chandra Sister: Sinhika (Holika) Sons: Taraka, Surapadman, Simhamukha Birth Diti was concerned that her sons …

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Narakasura was the son of Bhumi (goddess of Earth) and Varaha (Avatar of Vishnu as a boar). He was killed by Krishna. Narakasura was the king of the ancient kingdom of Pragjyotisha. He was succeeded by Bhagadatta, a major character in the Mahabharata war. He was the progenitor of the Naraka dynasty. Known Family Father: …

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