Monier-Williams translates it as "heavenly, divine, terrestrial things of high excellence, exalted, shining ones". This article contains Indic text. The above gilt copper statue of Indra with inlaid semi-precious stones is from 16th-century Nepal. Griffith  Deities who are eleven in heaven; who are eleven on earth; and who are eleven dwelling with glory in mid-air; may ye be pleased with this our sacrifice. Lesser devas may control the forces of nature, such as Vayu , the Lord of the wind, Varuna the Lord of water, and Agni , the lord of fire. Hinduism also has many other lesser celestial beings, such as the married Gandharvas male celestial musicians and Apsaras female celestial dancers. The Devas and Asuras, Angels and Titans, powers of Light and powers of Darkness in Rigveda, although distinct and opposite in operation, are in essence consubstantial, their distinction being a matter not of essence but of orientation, revolution or transformation. Chandogya Upanishad , in chapter 1. For example, god Indra a Deva and the antigod Virocana an Asura question a sage for insights into the knowledge of the self.
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