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Kubera

Kubera at the San Antonio Museum of Art
Wealth and North-direction
Devanagari कुबेर
Affiliation Guardians of the directions
Abode Alaka
Mantra Oṃ Shaṃ Kuberāya Namaḥ
Weapon Gadā (Mace)
Consort Kuberajāyā
Mount mongoose / horse / man

Kubera (Sanskrit: कुबेर) (also Kuvera or Kuber) is the king of the Yakshas and the lord of wealth in Hindu mythology. He is also known as Dhanapati, the lord of riches[1]. He is one of the Guardians of the directions , representing the Uttara-disha, meaning north of 4 directions in Sanskrit.

Kubera is also the son of Sage Vishrava (hence he is also called Vaisravana) and in this respect, he is also the elder brother of the Lord of Lanka, Ravana[2].

Worship

Kubera's house was believed to be the abode of Adilakshmi, the goddess of wealth who, pleased by his devotion, gave him immense wealth making him nideesha or the keeper of riches. Kubera also credited money to Vishnu for his marriage with Padmavati[3]. In remembrance of this, the reason devotees going to Tirupati donate money in Venkateshwara's Hundi so that he can pay back to Kubera. According to the Vishnupuran this process will go on till the end of Kali yuga.

Those who worship Lord Kubera will get His blessings, He also stablises to be with every individual with good strength, better business sufficient inflow of money, education, industiral growth etc. Auspious dates to worship Lord Kubera are between Oct 15th and Nov. 15 (Tamil Month Iyppasi). Thursday is the most auspicious day with star Pusa. He faces Northern direction.

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References

Preceded by
Malyavan
Emperor of Lanka Succeeded by
Ravana
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