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A Yaksha (YAK-sha) or yakshini (female) is a supernatural being from Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain mythology. Yakshas are attendees of Kubera, the Hindu god of wealth, who rules in the mythical Himalayan kingdom of Alaka.

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When Aru and Mini  were dealing with the Heartless zombies in the Night Bazaar a yaksha store owner holler at them after a bowl of glass beads spilled its contents saying that they would pay for it and they won't get the Saturday discount either.

In the Department of Many Voices, when Aru, Aiden and Brynne were looking for Durvasa they met a yakshini intern named Iris that didn't let them talk to the sage saying they had to wait three centuries. Aiden smolders the yakshini in order to get them to steal a green ticket so they could meet Durvasa that would help them to get Mini out of the Land of Sleep.

At the Mall of Meditation Groves there were a crowd of yakshas and yakshinis offering Aru and the group things like meditating in the wilds of India. One yaksha gives them information of how to go to the Swamp of New Jersey.


In early Indian art, male yakṣhas are portrayed either as fearsome warriors or as portly, stout and dwarf-like. Female yakṣhas, known as yakshinis, are portrayed as beautiful young women with happy round faces and full breasts and hips.[1]

Iris, one yakshini intern at the Department of Many Voices had frost tendrils for hair and a fair skin. Another yakshini at the Mall of Meditation Grove had living vines in her hair and lime green wings.

Notable yakshas

  • Iris
  • Yaksha store owner at the Night Bazaar
  • Yakshas and yakshinis at the Mall of Meditation Groves


  • Their Greek and Roman counterparts are the Nymphs and Satyrs as they're nature spirits like the yakshas and yakshinis.


Pandava Quintet
Books: Aru Shah and the End of Time | Aru Shah and the Song of Death | Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes | Aru Shah and the City of Gold | Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality
Main Characters: Aru Shah | Mini | Brynne Rao | Nikita | Sheela | Kara | Aiden Acharya | Sleeper | Meenakshi | Takshaka | Rudy
Council of Guardians: Boo | Urvashi | Hanuman | Jambavan | Uloopi | Kubera | Surasa
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Creatures: Makara | Asura | Chakora | Naga | Rakshasa | Vahanas | Ek and Do | Timingala | Time | Wish | Zombie | Apsara | Yaksha | Yali | Vanara
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