By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Yaksa, YakSa, Yaksha
Yakṣa as per Ṛgveda
Yakṣa as per Atharvaveda
Yakṣa as per Kena Upaniṣad
Yakṣa as per Purāṇas
In the epics and the purāṇas the yakṣas are described as semi-divine beings along with vidyādharas, gandharvas and kinnaras. They were the offsprings of Kāśyapa and Khasā. Kubera, the god of wealth, is the lord of the yakṣas.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore