In Hindu mythology gandharvas are male spirits of air, forests and mountains, and they are the mates of the apsaras. Gandharvas' power to cast illusions and their skill with music and horses are well-known. They are said play instrumental music in accompaniment to the dance of the apsarasas. Gandharvas are sometimes pictured as half man and half animal, and occasionally with birds’ legs and wings.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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