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Andhaka

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1 The name of an asura, the son of Kāśyapa and Diti. He symbolizes spiritual blindness, a condition conveyed by his gait, which is that of a blind man, although he is many-eyed...

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daityas

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In Purāṇic mythology, a class of beings represented as opponents of the gods (devas). The daityas are frequently assimilated to the Vedic asuras, and play a prominent role in the story of...

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Hiraṇyakaśipu

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According to Purāṇic myth, an ignorant and powerful daitya king, renowned for his expensive clothing. Much to his father's displeasure, his son, Prahlāda, was an ardent devotee of Viṣṇu;...

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Hiraṇyākṣa

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According to Purāṇic myth, an ignorant and powerful daitya, the brother of Hiraṇyakaśipu, who threw the Earth (Bhū Devī) into the ocean. She was rescued by Viṣṇu in his Varāha (‘Boar’)...

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