A class of semi-
The Gandhabbā are sometimes described as going through the air (vihaṅgamā) (A.ii.39; AA.ii.506). In the Āṭānāṭiya Sutta (D.iii.203, 204) the Gandhabbas are mentioned among those likely to trouble monks and nuns in their meditations in solitude. The Buddha says that beings are born among the Gandhabakāyikā devā because they wish to be so; they are described as dwelling in the fragrance of root-
It is often stated that the Gandhabbā preside over conception; this is due to an erroneous translation of the word gandhabba in passages (e.g., M.i.157, 265 f) dealing with the circumstances necessary for conception (mātāpitaro ca sannipatitā honti, mātā ca utunī hoti, gandhabbo ca paccupaṭṭhito hoti). The Commentaries (e.g., MA.i.481 f ) explain that here gandhabba means “tatrūpakasatta — tasmiṃ okāse nibbattanako satto” — meaning a being fit and ready to be born to the parents concerned. The Subcommentary (ṭīkā) says that the word stands for “gantabba.”
See also Gandhabbarājā.