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- Skt. gandharva.
- Skt. गन्धर्वः, gandharva, Pron.: gandharva. From Sanskrit: a Gandharva [though in later times the Gandharvas are regarded as a class, yet in | rarely more than one is mentioned | he is designated as the heavenly Gandharva | and is also called Viśvā-vasu | in | his habitation is the sky, or the region of the air and the heavenly waters | his especial duty is to guard the heavenly Soma | which the gods obtain through his intervention | it is obtained for the human race by Indra, who conquers the Gandharva and takes it by force | the heavenly Gandharva is supposed to be a good physician, because the Soma is considered as the best medicine | possibly, however, the word Soma originally denoted not the beverage so called, but the moon, and the heavenly Gandharva may have been the genius or tutelary deity of the moon | in one passage | the heavenly Gandharva and the Soma are identified | he is also regarded as one of the genii who regulate the course of the Sun's horses (i, 163, 2 ; x, 177, 2 | N. of the attendant of the 17th Arhat of the present Avasarpiṇī | a singer | the Koi0l or black cuckoo | a sage, pious man | on | a horse | the musk deer | derived fr. | the soul after death and previous to its being born again (corresponding in some respects to the western notion of a ghost) | N. of the 14th Kalpa or period of the world | of the 21st Muhūrta | of a Svara or tone | for | the Gandharvas | above | N. of a people (named together with the Gāndhāras)