They were the children of Diti and the sage Kashyapa. The Devas were their half-brothers with whom they fought against as a result of their jealousy. The Manusmṛti classifies the Daityas as good, while placing them at a lower level than the Devas:
Tāpasā yatayo viprā ye ca vaimānikā gaṇāḥ Nakṣatrāṇi ca daityāśca prathamā sāttvikī gatiḥ— Manusmṛti 12.48
List of Daityas
Some of the notable Daityas mentioned in Indian mythology include:
- Hiraṇyakaśipu - 1st son of Kashyapa and Diti.
- Hiraṇyākṣa - 2nd son of Kashyapa and Diti.
- Holikā - 1st daughter of Kashyapa and Diti.
- Andhakasura - Son of Hiranyaksha.
- Prahlāda - Son of Hiranyakashipu.
- Simhika - Daughter of Hiranyakashipu.
- Virocana - Son of Prahlada, father of Bali.
- Devamba - Mother of Bali.
- Bali - Son of Virochana.
- Bāṇāsura - Son of Bali.
- "Vaimānikā gaṇa" literally refers to those who ride in Vimanas, generally referring to the gods.
- New International Encyclopedia. 1905. .