refers to the territory of a tribe called Yakshas who were one of the Exotic Tribes of Ancient India
. They had kinship with another similar tribe, the Rakshasas
. Yaksha king Vaisravana (also known as Kubera
, Kuvera etc.) and Rakshasa king Ravana
were both sons of the sage Visrava Paulastya. Kubera is sometimes mentioned as a Rakshasa king. Kubera ruled a Yaksha kingdom of enormous wealth. Pandavas
visited this place during their forest life with the help of Rakshasa Ghatotkacha
and his friends.
References in Mahabharata
The territory of Yakshas under Kubera is mentioned as the region surrounding the Kailasa
mountains and Manasa
) in the Himalayas.
Expeditions of Pandavas (3:139) guided by sage Lomasa:-Lomasa said, now hast thou left behind the mountains Usiravija, Mainaka and Sweta, as well as the Kala hills, O son of Kunti, O bull among the descendants of Bharata, here flow before thee the seven Gangas. This spot is pure and holy. Here Agni blazeth forth without intermission. Now wilt thou see the play-ground of the Devas
, marked with their footprints, as we have passed the mountain Kala. We shall now ascend that white rock—the mountain Mandara, inhabited by the Yakshas, Manibhadra and Kuvera, king of the Yakshas. O king, at this place eighty thousand fleet Gandharvas, and four times as many Kimpurushas and Yakshas of various shapes and forms, holding various weapons, attend upon Manibhadra, king of... Read More