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Maruts

Maruts (flashing) In Hindu mythology, wind gods who form part of the entourage of Indra, the storm god, or of Rudra (another name for Shiva). Their number varies in different texts, the seven major ones being Vayuvega (wind speed), Vayubala (wind force), Vayuha (wind destroyer), Vayumandala (wind circle), Vayujvala (wind flame), Vayuretas (wind seed), and Vayucakra (wind disk). Maruts are …

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Mura

Mura (Muru) In Hindu mythology, a Demon slain by Krishna (an incarnation of the god Vishnu). Krishna not only killed Mura but “burnt his seven thousand sons like moths with the flame of the edge of his discus.” Taken from the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow Copyright …

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Chyavana

Chyavana In Hindu legend, a sage, opponent of Indra, restored to youth by the twin gods, the Aswins. The Rig-Veda, the ancient collection of hymns to the gods, tells how Chyavana was restored to his youth, “making him acceptable to his wife, and the husband of maidens,” by the twin gods, the Aswins. This miracle made Chyavana devoted to the …

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churning of the ocean

churning of the ocean In Hindu mythology, term used for the cosmic struggle between the Demons and gods over the Amrita, the water of life, often identified with Soma juice. Durvasas (ill-clothed), a Hindu sage and an incarnation of the god Shiva, offered Indra a garland as a gift, which Indra ignored. Because of this affront, Durvasas cursed Indra, saying …

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Camunda

Camunda Origin: India Camunda, dread goddess, is venerated and propitiated in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Her name derives from Canda and Munda, the two Ashuras she slew. Camunda, Demon killer, has the power to destroy the world with one glance. She dances the Dance of Destruction while playing a musical instrument whose neck is holy Mount Meru and whose gourd …

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Chandi

Chandi, goddess of birth and death, is a tribal and village goddess partially incorporated into the Hindu pantheon. She is venerated alongside Kali and the Dakinis. Chandi bestows both good fortune and disaster. She is an oracular, prophetic spirit, petitioned for safety, romance, and fertility. She banishes malevolent spirits. Chandi is invoked in love spells, particularly those involving footprints. Dust …

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Chandra

Chandra (moon) In Hindu mythology, moon god, source of fertility, often identified with the magic drink of the gods, Amrita or Soma. Chandra was the ancestor of the Chandra-vansa, the lunar race, which was divided into two branches, the Yadavas and the Pauravas. Krishna (an incarnation of the god Vishnu) was descended from the Yadavas. Wilkie Collins, the English writer, …

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Gandharvas

Gandharvas Origin: India Wild, rambunctious, male forest spirits, the Gandharvas are the sexy counterparts and companions of the Apsaras. Many, although not all Gandharvas are equine spirits. They are virile spirits, sometimes blamed for seducing, loving, and leaving young girls. They’re fertility spirits, and so the abandoned girls tend to be pregnant and left to face the music alone. (Alternatively, …

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Ganesha

Ganesha Lord of New Beginnings; Lord of Obstacles; He Who Bestows Blessings Also known as: Ganapati Origin: India Elephant-headed Ganesha may be the most beloved deity of the modern Hindu pantheon; venerated by millions. He is invoked by Buddhists, Jains, and Neo-Pagans, too. He is benevolent and generous to all. Lord of Beginnings, Ganesha’s blessings are sought before initiating any …

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Ganga

Ganga Origin: Himalayas Ganga is the goddess of India’s holiest river, the Ganges. She is a spirit of abundance, health, and vigor, bestowing fertility, happiness, health, and material comforts. Ganga, a spirit of incredible power, is the absolute essence of the water of creation. The Ramayana recounts Ganga’s birth. Her father is Himavat, Lord of the Himalayas. In one legend, …

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