Definition of asura in English:



  • A member of a class of divine beings in the Vedic period, which in Indian mythology tend to be evil and in Zoroastrianism are benevolent.

    Compare with deva
    • ‘The asuras demanded their share of the prize, but the devas reneged on their agreement, realizing that if their wicked rivals drank the nectar they would be eternally unbeatable.’
    • ‘The asuras say that this world is unreal, with no foundation, no God in control.’
    • ‘Such acts invoke the asuras in dreams and visions and invite calamity in your life.’
    • ‘Ever since, the victory over the asura is celebrated with customary obeisance to the Goddess Durga.’
    • ‘Nothing as gratifying as this has ever happened, they declare again and again, since the wars between the gods and the asuras.’