Lokapāla means "guardian of the world" in Sanskrit and Pāli.
The term has different uses depending on whether it is found in a Hindu or Buddhist context.
In Hinduism, lokapāla refers to the Guardians of the Directions associated with the eight, nine and ten cardinal directions.
In Buddhism, lokapāla refers to the Four Heavenly Kings, and to other protector spirits.
Lokapāla is one of two broad categories of Dharmapāla (protectors of the Buddhist religion) -the other category .
Buddhism includes a wide array of divine beings that are venerated in various ritual and popular contexts.
Initially they included mainly Indian figures such as devas, asuras and yakshas, but later came to include other Asian spirits and local gods.
They range from enlightened Buddhas to regional spirits adopted by Buddhists or practiced on the margins of the religion.
The Pali Canon and others suggest that the Buddha taught that belief in a Creator deity .
Virudhaka is a major deity in Buddhism. Virudhaka is a symbol of success and progress. Virudhara is the ruler of the wind. His sword is to protect Dharma and also to symbolize power over ignorance.
Virudhaka is the Guardian of the Southern Direction. Virudhaka, leader of the Kumbhanda, is a worldly guardian worshipped as a protector. He lives on the south side of the lower slopes of Mount Meru in the Heaven of the Four .
Dhritarashtra is the King of Kuru Kingdom with its capital Hastinapur. Dhritarashtra was born blind and became father to one hundred sons and one daughter Dushala by his wife Gandhari.
The Life of Dhritarashtra
In this section, we are going to learn about the life of Dhritarashtra. After that, we will learn about the short etymological description of the word Dhritarashtra itself. And Finally, we will highlight the role of Dhritarashtra in the Hindu epic Mahabharata.