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Vidyadharas – Divine Beings in Hindu Scriptures

Vidyadharas are semi divine beings mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. Some scholars are of the view that they are a semi-divine group of tribal people inhabiting the Himalayas especially the region near the source of Ganga River. According to the Brahma Purana, Sudras who worshipped the Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu attained the status of Vidyadharas.

Vidyadharas are handsome and always roam along with their beautiful female partners – who are referred as Vidyadharis. The females are adorned with ornaments and flowers. The male members roam in the sky and on earth with swords. Flowers and garlands are constantly associated with this class of divine beings.

Information about Vidyadharas is found mainly in the Vishnudharmottar Purana.

Their king was Chitrakuta who had a Devaratha. Mahabharata mentions that they were ruled by Chakradharaman.



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