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Asura \A*su"ra\, n. (Hind. Myth.) An enemy of the gods, esp. one of a race of demons and giants. [1913 Webster] ||


n. (alternative spelling of Asura English)


Asuras are mythological lord beings in Indian and Persian (Ariæns) texts who compete for power with the more benevolent devas (also known as suras). Asuras are described in Indian texts as powerful superhuman demigods or demons with good or bad qualities. The good Asuras are called Adityas and are led by Varuna, while the malevolent ones are called Danavas and are led by Vritra.

In the earliest layer of Vedic texts Agni, Indra and other gods are also called Asuras, in the sense of them being "lords" of their respective domains, knowledge and abilities. In later Vedic and post-Vedic texts, the benevolent gods are called Devas, while malevolent Asuras compete against these Devas and are considered "enemy of the gods" or demons.

Asuras are part of Indian mythology along with Devas, Yaksha (nature spirits) and Rakshasas (ghosts, ogres), and Asuras feature in one of many cosmological theories in Hinduism.

Asura (disambiguation)

The Asuras are a race of power-seeking deities in Hinduism.

Asura may also refer to:

  • Asura (Buddhism), the lowest ranks of the deities of the Kāmadhātu
  • Asura (moth), a genus of moths in the family Erebidae
  • Asura (Samurai Showdown), a character in Samurai Showdown
  • Asura (Soul Eater), a character in the Soul Eater manga and anime series
  • Asura (video game), a Thai MMORPG
  • Asura (2001 film), an Indian film
  • Asura (2012 film), a Japanese film
  • Asura (2015 film), a Telugu film
  • Asura, a subclass in the MMORPG Dungeon Fighter Online
  • Asura, a spaceship used by the Time-Space Administration Bureau (TSAB) in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
  • Asura, a summonable spirit in the Final Fantasy series
  • Asura, a humanoid race introduced in the MMORPG add-on Guild Wars: Eye of the North
  • Ahura, a class of Zoroastrian spirits
  • Asur people of India
  • Asuras (Stargate), home world of the Asurans, a replicator race in the TV-series Stargate Atlantis
  • Asura's Wrath, a video game by Capcom
Asura (Buddhism)

An Asura ( Sanskrit, Pali; Tibetan ; ) in Buddhism is the lowest ranks of the deities or demigods of the Kāmadhātu. They are described as having three heads with three faces each and either four or six arms.

Asura (moth)

Asura is a genus of moths in the subfamily Arctiinae. Some species formerly placed in this genus are now in Nepita.

Asura (video game)

Asura or formerly ProjectONE is a free, 2D isometric MMORPG developed by the Thailand's company Debuz.

Asura (2012 film)

is a 2012 Japanese anime film directed by Keiichi Sato and based on a manga of the same name by George Akiyama. Asura tied for the Audience Award for Best Animated Feature at the 16th Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.

Asura (2015 film)

Asura is a 2015 Telugu film directed by debutent Krishna Vijay. The film is produced by Shyam Devabhaktuni and Krishna Vijay jointly, starring Nara Rohit and Priya Banerjee in the lead roles. This film had received positive comments and declared as Boxoffice hit.

Asura (2001 film)

'''Asura ''' is a 2001 Kannada action film directed by S. Mahendar and starring Shivarajkumar and Damini in the lead roles with Raghuvaran and Ananth Nag in other pivotal roles.

The film is about an underworld don's henchman who falls in love with a police officer's adopted daughter. The film is remake of the 1999 Tamil film Amarkalam starring Ajith Kumar, Shalini and Raghuvaran.

Usage examples of "asura".

Rama had heard countless tales of Asura atrocities before, nightmare tales from the Last Asura War, which he knew still haunted his father, the maharaja, on moonless awamas nights such as this onefor awamas was the night when evil flourishedbut never had he heard of or envisioned such atrocities taking place within the walls of his home city, mighty Ayodhya herself.

They were the forerunners of the Asura army, heading the invasion and leading the rest of the inhumans into the city.

There were other Asura races, too, committing other unspeakable acts of violence and desecration.

The Asura forces covered the road all the way to the edge of the Southwoods, a distance of a full yojana.

Not the benign and just devas that civilized Aryas worshipped, but the primordial spirit-lords that the Asura races bowed toas did a few discontented Aryas like Manthara herself.

In his entire reign, Dasaratha had never needed to lock them against anything or anybodynot even during the height of the Last Asura War.

And if the sudra hunter was just an Asura in disguise, how did he have the use of brahman?

I have not endured two hundred and forty years of tapasya in the fetid swamps of the Bhayanak-van just to be tricked by a shape-shifting Asura such as yourself.

Dheeraj Kumar, General of the Purana Wafadars, our battalion of veterans of the Last Asura War.

In fact, it was his extraordinary valor that stemmed the invasion and enabled mortal forces to drive back the Asura legions.

The Asura forces have not dared to encroach on mortal territories since you drove them back across the ocean to their island hell.

I say once again, the Asura races have made deep and wide inroads into the uncharted peninsula.

To continue: This Asura army you speak ofit is still in Lanka, am I right?

Mortals have been at peace with the Asura races for twenty-three years.

This is how Ravana has struck back at you for defeating him in the Last Asura War.