GANDHARVAS

INTRODUCTION
Gandharvas are the celestial musicians and they are mentioned in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism texts.
Gandharvas are male demi gods and the consorts of the celestial dancers also called as the Apsaras. They contain feathers and contain an attractive face and a handsome look, and they possess good musical skills. Mostly Gandharvas used to sing in the court of the great god Sri Indradev at Swarkalok.
Gandharvas also acted as a mediator between the gods and humans. According to ancient texts, gandharva marriages would be mostly conducted by the kings during their visit to a different place, and it would be performed without any rituals and mainly with the consent of the groom and the bride, and they would exchange their rings, as a symbol of marriage.
Gandharvas are mentioned in Mahabharata and in ancient texts. Gandharvas are generally considered as the low level demi gods when compared with the Divine Devas in the heaven. There is a separate Loka for them known as Gandharva Loka, and they used to reside in that Loka.
Chitrasena was a Gandharva who was mentioned in Mahabharata. He was the music and dance teacher of Arjuna. The great musician Tumburu is also a gandharva who was very good in composing and singing songs and playing music and contains talents equivalent to Devarishi Narada and used to perform music in the court of Lord Indra and Lord Vishnu.
Let us worship the Gandharvas and be blessed.
“OM SRI GANDHARVAYA NAMAHA”
“OM SRI INDRA BHAGAWANE NAMAHA”
“OM SRI VISHNU BHAGAWANE NAMAHA”
WRITTEN BY
R.HARISHANKAR