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Story of Diti – Mother of Demons in Hinduism

Diti was the daughter of Daksha Prajapati and wife of Sage Kashyapa. It is believed in Hinduism, that she is the mother of Daityas or demons. Diti served Sage Kashyapa with devotion to attain a valiant son. She was blessed with a child but Indra killed the embryo and cut into forty nine pieces and they became Maruts (a group of Devas).

Indra was the son of Aditi, another wife of Sage Kashyapa, and she did not like Diti’s son to be powerful and challenge Indra. So it was on her advice that Indra killed the son of Diti.

This cruel fate did not deter Diti from giving up, she continued serving Sage Kashyapa and she was blessed with two powerful sons, Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu.

These two demons had defeated Indra numerous times.

Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu are believed to be the ancestors of demons.

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