Pushan – Sun god of nourisher, the protective deity

Pushan (Sanskrit: पूषन्, Pūṣan) is a Vedicsolar deity and one of the Adityas. He is the god of meeting. Pushan was responsible for marriages, journeys, roads, and the feeding of cattle. He was a psychopomp (soul guide), conducting souls to the other world. He protected travelers from bandits and wild beasts, and protected men from being exploited by other men. He was a […]

Ahir Budhyana – serpent or dragon of the deep

Abhibadhnu means the death of Maayaa (Ahi). It denotes progress towards spiritual plane. In particular, Uttara-Bhadra denotes journey to a distant place, to go away leaving everything behind, renunciation, to roam about, etc. At the same time, it has in its wisdom, knowledge, and personality. Mantra : Om ahirbudyana namaha. Related posts:Aryaman -The god of […]

Aja ekpada – One footed got a unicorn

Ekapada refers to a one-footed aspect of the Hindu god Shiva. This aspect is primarily found in South India and Orissa, but also occasionally in Rajasthan and Nepal. The Ekapada is primarily represented in three iconographical forms. In the Ekapada-murti (“one-footed icon”) form, he is depicted as one-legged and four-armed. In the Ekapada-Trimurti (“one-footed Trinity”) form, he is depicted with the torsos of the deities Vishnu and Brahma, which together […]

Varuna – The god of water

In the Hindu Puranas, Varuna is the god of oceans, his vehicle is a Makara (part fish, part land creature) and his weapon is a Pasha (noose, rope loop). He is the guardian deity of the western direction. In some texts, he is the father of the Vedic sage Vasishtha. Varuna is found in Japanese Buddhist mythology as Suiten.[5] He […]

Astha vasus – The solar gods of energy and light

In Hinduism, the Vasus are attendant deities of Indra, and later Vishnu. The Ashta Vasus are described in the Ramayana as the children of Kasyapa and Aditi and in the Mahabharata as the sons of Manu or Brahma Prajapati. They are eight elemental gods (called “Aṣṭa-vasu”, ‘Eight Vasus’) representing aspects of nature (The Five Elements – Pancha Bhoothas) and also […]

Vishnu – The god of protection

Vishnu (/ˈvɪʃnuː/; Sanskrit pronunciation: [ʋɪʂɳʊ]; Sanskrit: विष्णु, IAST: Viṣṇu) is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. The “preserver” in the Hindu triad (Trimurti), Vishnu is revered as the supreme being In Vaishnavism as identical to the metaphysical concept of Brahman (Atman, the self, or unchanging ultimate reality), and is notable for adopting various incarnations (avatars such as Rama and Krishna) to preserve and protect dharmic principles whenever the world is threatened with […]

The vishwa devas – Universal gods

The Visvedevas (Sanskrit: विश्वेदेवाः) ( viśve-devāḥ “all-gods”) are the various Vedicgods taken together as a whole. In the Rigveda a number of hymns are addressed to them, including (according to Griffith) 1.89, 3.54-56, 4.55, 5.41-51, 6.49-52, 7.34-37, 39, 40, 42, 43, 8.27-30, 58, 83 10.31, 35, 36, 56, 57, 61-66, 92, 93, 100, 101, 109, 114, 126, 128, 137, 141, 157, 165, 181. According […]

Apahs – The goddess of water

In the Rigveda, several hymns are dedicated to “the waters” (āpas): 7.49, 10.9, 10.30, 10.47. In the oldest of these, 7.49, the waters are connected with the drought of Indra. Agni, the god of fire, has a close association with water and is often referred to as Apām Napāt “offspring of the waters”. In Vedic astrology, the female deity Apah […]

Nirit – The goddess of disaster

Nirṛti (निरृति) is the Hindu goddess of deathly hidden realms and sorrows, one of the dikpāla (“guardians of the directions”), representing the southwest. The name nirhti has the meaning of “absence of ṛta”, meaning ‘disorder’, or ‘lawlessness’, specifically the absence of divine or cosmic order. Nirṛtī is a Ketu-ruled nakshatra in the Vedic astrology, strongly associated with Kali in the form of Dhumavati. Nirṛtī is mentioned in a […]

Indra – The god of creation

In the Vedas, Indra is the king of Svarga (Heaven) along with his capital city Amaravati and the Devas. He is the deity of the heavens, lightning, thunder, storms, rains, river flows, and war. Indra is the most referred to deity in the Rigveda He is celebrated for his powers, and the one who kills the great symbolic evil (the malevolent type of Asura) […]