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Krishna requests Mayasura build a palace for the Pandavas
King of Kamyaka
IssueMandodari (foster daughter)

In Hindu mythology, Maya (Sanskrit: मय), or Mayāsura (मयासुर) was a great ancient king of the asuras, daityas and rākṣasa races. Maya was known for his brilliant architecture. In Mahabharatha, Mayasabha – the hall of illusions – was named after him.

In the Mahabharata[edit]

Mayasura had befriended a snake named Takshaka and lived with him in the area of Khandavprastha along with his family and friends but when the Pandavas came there after the partition of Hastinapur, Arjun burnt the entire forest, forcing Takshaka to flee away and killing everyone in the forest. So, Mayasura decided to surrender to the Pandavas. Krishna was ready to forgive him and for this act, Mayasura built a very grand palace named Maya-Mahal, where the Pandavas would perform the Rajsuya Yagna. He also offer him the gifts like, a bow, a sword and many more. He also gave a mace to Arjuna's brother Bhima.

In the Ramāyana[edit]

In Ramayana he is said to be the son of Daksha's daughter, Diti (wife of Kashyapa, a Saptaṛṣi).[1] He is the husband of Hema[2] and the foster father of Mandodari, the beautiful wife of Ravana, King of Lanka.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uttara Ramayana
  2. ^ P. G. Lalye (2008). Curses and boons in the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa.
  3. ^ Devahish Dasgupta. Tourism Marketing. Pearson Education India. p. 20. ISBN 978-81-317-3182-6. Retrieved 29 January 2012.