ADI – An asura (demon)

The demon Adi was the son of Andhak, who had been killed by JSiva. To gain revenge, Adi did austerities (tapas) with the sole purpose of receiving a boon (vara) from Brahma, the creator. In due course Brahma granted him the vara, so Adi asked for invincibility in battle. But boons, especially to demons, are provi­sional, and may be invalidated by a flaw in the wording of the request. The literal wording of Adi’s request won for him invincibility only while in his asura form. Not knowing this limitation and … Continue reading