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Hinduism - Who Are Kimpurusha, Kinnara, Kindama, And Kubera?

Kimpurusha is another name for the fabled Kinnara creatures.

Kindama is a forest-dwelling sage in the Mahabharata, whose curse on King Pandu advances the epic's storyline.

Kindama, who is celibate in his human form, utilizes his magical abilities to convert himself and his wife into animals so that they might have sexual pleasure.

King Pandu kills Kindama and his wife with an arrow when they are in the shape of deer on one occasion.

The sage and his wife return to their human selves in their last moments.

The sage curses Pandu, who is terrified, to die the instant he embraces his bride in a passionate hug.

Pandu abdicates the kingdom in favor of his blind brother Dhrtarashtra and becomes a celibate renunciant since he is childless.

Kunti and Madri, Pandu's wives, finally have offspring by supernatural powers.

The epic's central conflict is the fight for dominance between their offspring and Duryodhana, Dhrtarashtra's son.

"What, Man?" says Kinnara.

Mythical beings depicted as having either a horse's head and a human's body, or a human's head and a horse's body.

The Kinnaras are regarded as Kubera's slaves, a minor god.

Kubera is one of the Guardians of the Directions, an eight-headed deity who is said to control the cardinal and intermediate directions.

He is the monarch of the northern hemisphere and is hence identified as a resident of the Himalayas, where the Kinnaras also reside.

The Kinnaras are sometimes mistaken for the Kimpurushas, a race of legendary animals. 

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