In Hindu scriptures, 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 Mahabharata, Mayasabha – the hall of illusions – was named after him.

The great demon architect
Krishna requests Mayasura build a palace for the Pandavas
AbodeKhandava Forest
Personal information
ChildrenMayavi, Dundubhi, Vyomasura[1] and Mandodari

In the MahabharataEdit

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 / MayaSabha, where the Pandavas would perform the Rajsuya Yagna. He also offers him gifts like, a bow, a sword and many more. He also gave a mace to Arjuna's brother Bhima named Vrigodharam.[2]

In the RamāyanaEdit

In Ramayana he is the husband of Hema[3][4] and the father of Mayavi and Dundubhi as well as Mandodari, the beautiful wife of Ravana, King of Lanka.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Bhagavata Purana Skandha X Chapter 37
  2. ^ Mittal, J. P. (2006). History of Ancient India (A New Version). Atlantic Publishers & Dist. ISBN 978-81-269-0616-1.
  3. ^ P. G. Lalye (2008). Curses and boons in the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa
  4. ^ "पढ़िए, रावण की पत्नी मंदोदरी की ये 7 खास बातें". Amar Ujala (in Hindi). Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  5. ^ Devahish Dasgupta (2011). Tourism Marketing. Pearson Education India. p. 20. ISBN 978-81-317-3182-6. Retrieved 29 January 2012.