Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 18: Diti Vows to Kill King Indra

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.18.19

marutaś ca diteḥ putrāś

catvāriḿśan navādhikāḥ

ta āsann aprajāḥ sarve

nītā indreṇa sātmatām


marutaḥ — the Maruts; ca — and; diteḥ — of Diti; putrāḥ — sons; catvāriḿśat — forty; nava-adhikāḥ — plus nine; te — they; āsan — were; aprajāḥ — without sons; sarve — all; nītāḥ — were brought; indreṇa — by Indra; sa-ātmatāmto the position of demigods.


The forty-nine Marut demigods were also born from the womb of Diti. None of them had sons. Although they were born of Diti, King Indra gave them a position as demigods.


Apparently even demons can be elevated to positions as demigods when their atheistic character is reformed. There are two kinds of men throughout the universe. Those who are devotees of Lord Viṣṇu are called demigods, and those who are just the opposite are called demons. Even the demons can be transformed into demigods, as the statement of this verse proves.

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