Encyclopedia for Epics of Ancient India

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BHUTA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A ghost, imp, goblin. Malignant spirits which haunt cementeries, lurk in trees, animate dead bodies, and delude and devour human beings. According to the Vishnu Purana they are "fierce beings and eaters of flesh," who were created by the Creator when he was incensed. In the Vayu Purana their mother is said to have been Krodha, `anger.' The Bhutas are attendants of Siva, and he is held to be their king.

BHUTESA, BHUTESWARA [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] `Lord of beings or of created things.' A name applied to Vishnu, Brahma, and Krishna; as `lord of the Bhutas or goblins,' it is applied to Siva.

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