Kuvera, the Hindu Plutus, or god of wealth. He owes his name — which literally means "having a wretched (kue) body (vera)"-to the deformities with which he is invested by Hindu mythology. He is represented as having three heads, three legs, and but eight teeth; his eyes are green, and in the place of one he has a yellow mark; he wears an earring, but only in one ear; and, though he is properly of a black color, his belly is whitened by a leprous taint. He is seated in a car (pushpaka), which is drawn by hobgoblins. His residence, Alaka, is situated in the mines of Mount Kailasa, and he is attended by the Yakshas, Mayas, Kinnaras, and other imps, anxiously guarding the entrance to his garden, Chaitraratha, the abode of all riches. Nine treasures-apparently precious gems-are especially intrusted to his care. His wife is a hobgoblin, Yakshl, or Yakshini, and their children are two sons and a daughter. As one of the divinities that preside over the regions, he is considered also to be the protector of the north.

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