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By Swami Harshananda

Suras literally means ‘gods’.

The words sura and asura are commonly used in the Vedic and paurāṇic literature. They stand for the gods and the anti-gods or demons. Sura is one of the 25 names of the gods. The word asura is sometimes defined as one who revels in his senses.[1] The persons given to reckless sense enjoyments is called as asura. Opposed to them are the suras, the divine beings, beings of light and wisdom.


  1. It can be called as sveṣu asuṣu ramaṇāt.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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