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  1. the eight rulers or lords of the directions
  2. the group of eight deities who are considered the presiding deities or rulers of the eight directions, namley: Indra, Agni, Yama, Naiŗta, Varuņa, Marut, Kubera and Īśāna.

Sometimes transliterated as: Asţadikpala, AsţadikpAla, Ashţadikpaala