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YAKSHAS [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A class of supernatural beings attendant on Kuvera, the god of wealth. Authorities differ as to their origin. They have no very special attributes, but they are generally considered as inoffensive, and so are called Punya-janas, 'good people,' but they occasionally appear as imps of evil. It is a Yaksha in whose mouth Kalidasa placed his poem Meghaduta (cloud messenger).

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