(Sanskrit, possibly related to Greek kentauros, "centaur")
The gandharvas are semi-divine beings from Hindu mythology. Among them is Vishvavasu, who knows the secrets of heaven, and guards the sacred soma.
Gandharvas are often associated with fertility, and they are often invoked in marriage rituals. The dwelling place of the gandharvas is traditionally considered to be the heaven of Indra, where they entertain the gods with song and music. Their female counterparts are the nymph-like apsaras.