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Basic Description: Vayu
is the God of the Wind. He is one of the five elemental gods, (panchamahabhoota).
The other elemental gods are earth (prthivi), water (aap), fire (agni),
air (vayu), and space (akasha). Vayu is best known for being the father
of Hamuman, the monkey king.
Alternate Names: Anila,
Sadagatha, Gandhavaha, Jalakantara, Pavana, Vata
Blue in color,
he is depicted with four hands. He holds a fan and a flag in two hands while
the other two are held in abhaya and varada mudras (postures).
was born, he flew up to the sky to steal the sun. To stop Hanmuman, Indra
and he made Hanuman uncouncious. When Vayu learned of the fate of his
son, he was enraged and withheld wind from the earth. Finally, Indra pacified
Vayu by returning conciesness to Hamnuman.
Hanuman was born of the womb of Anjana. Anjana was once walking in
the forest, when a cyclone came up and lifted the garmets of Anjana above her
waist. The wind then entered Anjana and she felt as if something was placed
in her womb. Hanuman was therefore born of Anjana and Vayu.
Riding Animal: Antelope
Jordan, Michael. Encyclopedia of Gods. New York: Facts On File, Inc. 1993.
The Hindu Pantheon. Los Angeles: Philosophical research society,
Thomas, P. Epics, Myths
and Legends of India. Bombay, India: D. B. Taraporevala Sons &
Co. Private Ltd, 1961.
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