Gandharvas are believed to possess amazing healing powers. According to the "Rig Veda," a gandharva was God's physician. Gandharvas are great entertainers with skills in music and singing. They are often depicted flying with the wings of a bird and/or with the legs of a horse.
One of the eight legitimate forms of Hindu marriage is called the Gandharva Marriage. It refers to the bodily union of a man and a woman before they are legally married. Though this type of union is not normally approved of in the moral sense, calling it a Gandharva Marriage legitimizes it and works to safeguard the woman's reputation and place in society.