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Aditi and the Adityas

Aditi and the Adityas  

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In Indian Vedic mythology, Aditi is “infinity,” the source of all forms of consciousness, even of the divine characteristics of the gods themselves. Aditi is also unity, whereas her sister ...
Agni

Agni  

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The Vedic god of fire, the priest of the gods and the god of the priests.
Ahalyā

Ahalyā  

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The wife of the ṛṣi Gautamā. She committed adultery with Indra, the King of the Heavenly region. When Gautamā discovered her infidelity, he cursed her and, in some versions, made ...
Ahi

Ahi  

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In the Ṛg Veda a demonic snake, also known as Vṛtra, which is responsible for drought and darkness, but is ultimately defeated by Indra.
Ahura Mazda

Ahura Mazda  

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The creator god of Zoroastrianism, the force for good and the opponent of Ahriman; also called Ormazd. The name is Avestan, and means literally ‘wise deity’.
Airāvata

Airāvata  

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The name of the four-tusked, white elephant that emerged from the Churning of the Ocean, and which Indra took as his mount or vehicle (vāhana).
Amarāvatī

Amarāvatī  

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1 A name for the capital of Indra's heaven (Indraloka, svarga) and the home of the gods.2 An early Buddhist monastic site in Andhra Pradesh, notable for its great stūpa (intact until the 18th century ...
Ambudeśvara

Ambudeśvara  

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An epithet of Indra. The clouds are rain-giving.
Angkor

Angkor  

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The capital of the ancient kingdom of Khmer in NW Cambodia, noted for its temples, especially the Angkor Wat (mid 12th century); the site was rediscovered in 1860.
Apsarā

Apsarā  

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(Skt., ‘move in water’).The dancers in Indra's svarga (heaven) in Hinduism. They are frequently depicted in Hindu relief art. In Buddhism, they are depicted as richly adorned attendants on Sakka ...
apsaras

apsaras  

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(Skt.). Celestial nymphs who dwell in the heaven of the god Indra.
Arjuna

Arjuna  

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A Kshatriya prince in the Mahabharata, one of the two main characters in the Bhagavadgita, the charioteer to whom Krishna gives counsel during the battle.
arthavāda

arthavāda  

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According to the Pūrva Mīmāṃsaka exegetes, arthavāda is the division of the Veda into which descriptive statements fall. Such statements complement injunctions (vidhis) and prohibitions ...
Aryan

Aryan  

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A group of Indo-European speaking people who spread through Iran and N. India in the early 2nd millenium bce. This is the so-called Aryan invasion.
aṣṭadikpālas

aṣṭadikpālas  

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Sculpturally portrayed in the appropriate position in Hindu temples, the eight guardians of the cardinal directions, namely: Indra (E), Agni (SE), Yama (S), Nirṛti (SW), Varuṇa (W), Vāyu (NW), Kubera ...
Bali

Bali  

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In Hindu mythology, one of the leaders of the daityas (demons) and grandson of Prahlāda. According to one legend he was offered the choice of entering heaven with one hundred ...
Bhṛgu

Bhṛgu  

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In Hindu mythology, a divine seer, son of Brahmā (or of Varuṇa, or of Indra, or of Prajāpati), and eponymous ancestor of the Bhṛgu or Bhārgava clan.
Bṛhaspati

Bṛhaspati  

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(Skt., bṛh, ‘prayer’, + pati, ‘Lord’).1 A Vedic god who embodies, not a natural phenomenon, but reason and moral judgement.2 A Hindu teacher of materialism: see CĀRVĀKA.
Citraratha

Citraratha  

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In the Mahābhārata a gandharva who is friendly to Arjuna. As the king of the gandharvas and apsarases, he constructs a celestial grove, called Caitaratha, for Indra.
Dadhyac

Dadhyac  

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The name of a Vedic ṛṣi, the son of Atharvan, and the subject of a number of myths, including one in which the Aśvins protect him from Indra's wrath by giving him a horse's head.

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