From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Vālakhilyas were great sages, 60,000 in number, born of the parents Kratu and Kriyādevī. They were of the size of a thumb. Once they helped the sage Kaśyapa in the performance of a sacrifice and became tired. Indra who saw them in that condition laughed at them incurring their wrath. They cursed him that Garuḍa born out of their tapas[1] would punish him for his arrogance.


  1. Tapas means austerity.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore