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Hinduism - Who Are The Yaksha In The Hindu Pantheon?


(feminine yakshi) A group of minor deities who are mostly nature spirits and are typically linked with certain locations.

Yakshas are the attendants of the god Kubera, who is revered as the ruler of riches and the protector of the northern direction.

The yakshas are typically seen as good to humans, and because of their ties to nature's reproductive force and Kubera's riches, they are often regarded as giving prosperity and fertility.

Yakshas have a long history of appearing in Indian sectarian literature, where they are depicted as either protective spirits or depraved examples.

The sole comprehensive monograph on yakshas is Ananda Coomaraswamy's Yaksas, published in 1971.


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Hinduism - What Is The Meghaduta?

 


 (“Cloud-Messenger”) One of Kalidasa's major literary works (5th century? ), often regarded as the finest classical Sanskrit poet.

The Meghaduta is a one-hundred-verse poem written completely in an exceptionally lengthy meter known as mandakranta, with each quarter stanza having seventeen syllables.

The poem relates the tale of a yaksha (nature sprite) who has been exiled to India's southernmost region.

The yaksha watches a monsoon rain cloud travelling northward in its yearly voyage, separated from his loving wife who is at their home in the Himalayan realm of Kubera.

He begs it to deliver a love message to his sweetheart.

The yaksha is a term used to describe the areas across which the cloud passes.

This depiction paints a detailed picture of Kalidasa's period, including daily life and cultural centers.

Meghasandesha, "The Message [borne by] a Cloud," is the name given to the poem by certain sources.


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