MAYA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A Daitya who was the architect and artificer of the Asuras, as Viswakarma was the artificer of the Suras or gods. He was son of Viprachitti and father of Vajrakama and Mandodari, wife of Ravana.
He dwelt in the Devagiri mountains not very far from Delhi, and his chief works were in the neighbourhood of that city, where he worked for men as well as Daityas.
The Mahabharata speaks of a palace he built for the Pandavas. In the Harivansa he appears frequently both as victor and vanquished in contests with the gods.MAYA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Illusion, deception.'
Illusion personified as a female form or celestial origin, created for the purpose of beguiling some individual. Sometimes identified with Durga as the source of spells, or as a personification of the unrealityof worldly things. In this character she is called Mayadevi or Mahamaya.
[Source: from the Monier Williams
. art, wisdom, extraordinary or supernatural power (only in the earlier language)
. illusion, unreality, deception, fraud, trick, sorcery, witchcraft magic
. an unreal or illusory image, phantom, apparition
. duplicity (with Buddhists one of the 24 minor evil passions).
. one of the 4 Pāśas or snares which entangle the soul
. one of the 9 Śaktis or energies of Vishṇu
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