By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Sanda, ZaNDa, shanda
Saṇḍa and Amarka were the sons of Śukrācārya, the guru of the rākṣasas. When he went away for tapas, Saṇḍa and Amarka acted as the priests of the demon-king Hiraṇyakaśipu. They were also the teachers of Prahlāda, Hiraṇyakaśipu’s son and a great devotee of Viṣṇu.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore