Devas and Asuras

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By Swami Harshananda

Devas and Asuras literally means the Gods and Demons.

Vidvāmsas[1] are the devas[2] and the avidvāriisas[3] are the asuras. Sinners are the rākṣasas and renegades, the piśācis.


  1. Vidvāmsas means men of wisdom.
  2. Devas means gods.
  3. Avidvāriisas means men of ignorance.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore