Hindu mythology has taught us the most crucial lesson of our lives, i.e., in the end, good always prevails over the bad.
Every traditional mythology, call it Mahabharata or Ramayana had a tale comprising both devas and asuras. Both were equally strong, but the only difference between them was their actions and choice they made. Most of the Asuras in Hindu mythology were exceptionally talented, but they did something outrageous in their ego which led to their end.
But this is all what we already know. So, here is something that no one ever paid attention to, the most powerful yet interesting asuras from the ancient Hindu mythology.
Come, let's have a look.
A thousand armed Asura King, Banasura was the son of Bali. Lord Shiva gave him a privilege that he would protect the Asura himself which made Banasura invincible.
His power made him cruel, and one day he locked up his daughter, Usha in a fortress called Agnigarh when many beaus started coming to marry her.
According to ancient tales, one day, Usha fell in love with a man in her dreams. That man came out to be Aniruddha, grandson of Lord Krishna. Aniruddha was then kidnapped from his palace and presented in front of Usha. This led a conflict between Lord Krishna and Banasura. Lord Krishna cut off all the arms of Banasur except for two.
Deity Brahma blessed Hiranyakashipu of being indestructible. This boon turned him arrogant, and he demanded that everyone should worship him. According to the fictions, when his son, Prahlada refused, he tried to kill him. Lord Vishnu's avatar Narasimha then killed Hiranyakashipu.
The main antagonist of Ramayana, King Ravana, was a well-educated Brahmin. You will be shocked to know that even Load Rama was impressed with Ravana's knowledge. As per Speaking Tree article, Lord Rama asked his brother Lakshmana to seek blessings from the dying Ravana and learn something about the world from him.
Lord Shiva gave Bhasmasura a boon that he can turn anyone's head into ashes just by touching it. But Bhasmasura tried to turn Lord Shiva's head into ash after he saw Parvati Mata and desired to possess her.
According to the sources, to save everyone from Bhasmasura, Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini, an exceedingly beautiful woman and appeared in front of Bhasmasura. He immediately fell in love with Mohini and asked her to marry him.
Mohini said she is fond of dance and will marry only if he could imitate her. Bhasmasura agreed, and during a dance step, Mohini placed her hand on the top of her head. When Bhasmasura mimicked her, Mohini (Vishnu's avatar) turned him into ashes.
According to the sources, Hiranyaksha was born to Diti and Kashyap. Kashyap at that time was known as the father of Devas, Asuras, Nagas and all of humanity.
He is known as the Asura who attacked the heavens. Also, one day, Hiranyaksha violated the mother earth. Lord Vishnu went to save the Goddess and when Hiranyaksha tried to block his path; Hiranyaksha was killed by Lord Vishnu's man-boar avatar, Varaha.
One fine day, while Lord Vishnu was sleeping, suddenly, two specks of dust fell from his ear, and a pair of Asuras emerged from them.
Unknown of their surroundings and where did they come from, the Asuras meditated for months to discover the strange happening. Gratified by their devotion, Goddess Saraswati blessed them that they can choose when and how they would die.
According to the sources, Asuras Madhu and Kaitabha stole the Vedas from Lord Brahma, and they placed them deep in an ocean. Lord Vishnu then took the avatar of Hayagriva and killed them. He divided their bodies into 12 parts which are considered as 12 seismic plates of the earth.
The only Mahamarathi class warrior of Ramayana, Indrajit or Meghanada, was the son of Ravana.
According to the sources, Indrajit was killed by Lakshmana's fired weapon which beheaded Indrajit. You will be surprised to know that it is assumed that Lakshama also cut off Indrajit's arm which fell in front of his wife, Sulochana. By her devotion towards her husband, Sulochana gave life to her husband's hand. The hand later wrote the whole heroic tale of the battlefield.
According to the sources, Rahu was the Asura who drank the nectar of immortality during the Samudra Manthan. When Vishnu found this, he threw his discus to kill Rahu. But the body part of Rahu that consumes the nectar became immortal and an eternal shadow star.
Raktabija fought with Shumbha and Nishumbha against Goddess Durga and Goddess Kali. He had a boon that whenever a droplet of his blood fell on the ground, a duplicate Raktabīja would be born at that spot.
According to the sources, when Goddess Kali joined the battle, she spread her tongue and licked up each drop of blood pouring from Raktabīja's body while other Goddesses injured him. This is how Raktabīja was destroyed.
Vritra, a serpent or snake, who is known as the personification of drought was the opponent of Indra. According to the sources, he was the dragon who kept the waters of the world captivated. In the end, he was destroyed by Indra.
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