It may be of interest to mention that the above party leaders are mentioned in the Devi Bhagavata Purana as four of the so called ashta dik palakas (ashta = eight, dik = zone, direction in space, palaka = guardian) or eight guards posted at eight quarters of space to protect the universe. In the Devi Bhagavata Purana they are described as follows:
On the top of the Sumeru, are situated the world known eight golden cities, subservient to the Brahmapuri, for the eight lokapalas. The Lords of the four directions, east, west ,north and south and of the four corners, north-east, north-west, south-west, south-east, occupy these. The dimensions of each of these eight cities are two thousand yoyanas and a half. In fact, there are nine cities there including the Brahmapuri. Now hear the names of these nine cities in due order. The First is Manovati, the second is Amaravati, the third is Tejovati, next come in order Samyamani, Krishnanjana, Shraddhavati, Gandhavati, and Mahodaya, the ninth is Yashovati. The Lords of the Puris are Brahma, Indra, and Fire and the other dikpalas in due order.(Shrimad Devi Bhagavatam, p.754).
So in summing up we see that around the city of Brahma there are the eight cities of the dikpalakas as follows:
|1||On the East is||Amaravati||city of Indra|
|2||On the South-East is||Tejovati||city of Agni|
|3||On the South is||Samyamani||city of Yama|
|4||On the South-West is||Krishnanjana||city of Nirriti|
|5||On the West is||Shraddhavati||city of Varuna|
|6||On the North-West is||Gandhavati||city of Vaya|
|7||On the North is||Mahodaya||city of Kubera|
|8||On the North-East is||Yashovati||city of Shiva|
The names of these guardians of our universe remind us of the presiding devatas of the 28 nakshatras. All guardians, with the exception of Kubera have been assigned lordship of an Asterism (considering Shiva to be identical with Rudra). Are these two 'occupations' somehow related? Seven nakshatra lords are certainly guard of a zone of the universe as well, but when we compare the position in space of a zone, with that of the nakshatra belonging to the same Devata, we find that there exist no correspondence on this level. That is to say, the relative direction in space of a zone, belonging to a certain Devata, does not tally with the relative direction in space of the star belonging to that Devata.