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A Sanskrit word meaning “those belonging to or derived from [the Vedic god] Virāj.” The word “Virāj” means “ruling far and wide” or “sovereign” and is applied to a variety of deities in Hindu religious literature. The Vairājas are considered in popular Hindu literature to be semi-divine beings, shades of saints, impervious to fire and water, who dwell in Tapaloka, the domain of the fire-devas (who are also named Vairajas) with the hope of being translated into Satya-loka, the world of the real (see also SD II:89-90).

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