The Vedic Gods

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The Vedas are the most significant key role players in emanating knowledge and wisdom to learners and believers of all times. The ancient scriptures consist of hymns, which liberates information in a very rhythmic and melodious pattern. All the major aspects of living and society of humanity have been related to Vedic Gods . Each God is having their respective responsibilities towards the sustainment and maintenance of life on the Planet.

The Vedic gods family tree shows adoration to 33 Gods which is evident from the hymns, which allude them. All these 33 gods are having a specific role in the nourishment, sustainment and upholding the life and nature balance of our planet. The 33 Gods are classified as 8 Vasus, 11 Rudras, 12 Adityas, and 2 Ashwins.

The Vedic Gods

As now we know the classification, we must know the reason of adoration and worship the Gods received during the Vedic period. Vedic scriptures are the most ancient scriptures, which can very deeply explain the spiritual indices, which can benefit life of a human. Dyana or Meditation and Upasana or Worshipping was the gateway to reach the verge of spirituality according to the Vedic scriptures. All the Vedic Gods were responsible for phases of nature, responsibilities of society and all were believed to be benefactor of healthy and prosperous life to human. Let us now know about the details of the Gods who had a great significance in social, economical and political governance of the Vedic Society.

Vedic Gods are as Follows:

Vedic God Shiva

LORD Shiva

Supreme Being

Lord of Divine Energy, Meditation, Arts, Yoga, Time, Destruction, Dance

Supreme Destroyer of Evil

Lord of The Devas (Gods)

A god named Rudra is mentioned in the Rig Veda. The hymn 10.92 of the Rig-Veda states that deity Rudra has two natures, one wild and cruel (rudra), another that is kind and tranquil (shiva).

Agni
Agni: God of Fire

The fire-god of Hinduism is second in order of importance to Indra in the Vedic mythology of ancient India. He is equally the fire of the sun, of lightning, and of both the domestic and the sacrificial hearth.

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Varuna: God of Sky letter associated with sea

He is the Lord of Ṛta (justice) and Satya (truth). He is found in the oldest layer of Vedic literature of Hinduism, such as hymn 7.86 of the Rig-Veda.

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Mitra: Protector of Treaties

In the Atharva-Veda, Mitra is associated with sunrise, and accordingly, Mitra is worshipped in the sunrise prayers of the Hindus. He along with Varuna has the responsibility to punish those who violate the laws of trust, relationship and friendship.

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Vayu: God of Wind

In the hymns, Vayu is “described as having ‘exceptional beauty’ and moving noisily in his shining coach, driven by two or forty-nine or one-thousand white and purple horses. A white banner is his main attribute.” Like the other atmospheric deities, he is a “fighter and destroyer” and “powerful and heroic.”

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Vedic god Surya
Surya: Sun God

The oldest surviving Vedic hymns, such as the hymn 1.115 of the Rig-Veda, mention Surya with particular reverence for the “rising sun” and its symbolism as dispeller of darkness, one who empowers knowledge, the good and all life.

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Vedic goddress prithvi
Prithvi: Goddess of Earth

Prithvi is a Sanskrit word, which means “earth.” The “Rig Veda” refers to the Hindu goddess of Earth as Prithvi, who is a representation of feminine energy.

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Aryaman: Protector of Mares and Milky Way

Aryaman is one of the early Vedic Hindu deities. His name signifies “Life-Partner”, “close friend”, “Partner”, “play-fellow” or “companion”. According to the Rig Veda, Indra who is traditionally considered the most important deity in the Rig Veda is asked to obtain boons and gifts from Aryaman.

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vedic god yama
yama: God of Death

According to the Vedas, Yama is said to have been the first mortal who died. By virtue of precedence, he became the ruler of the departed and is called “Lord of the Pitrs.”

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Nasatya: God of Health
Dhasra: God of Medicine

The Ashvins or Ashwini Kumaras, in Hindu mythology, are twins named Nasatya and Dhasra who are twins and the god of health and the god of medicine respectively. They were Raja-Vaidya (royal physicians) to the Devas during Vedic times.

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Pushan: God of meetings, marriages,journeys, roads , cattle and sudras

Pushan is a Vedic Solar deity and falls in the Aditya classification of Devas (Gods). He protected travelers from bandits and wild beasts, and protected men from being exploited by other men. He was a supportive guide, a “good” god, leading his adherents towards rich pastures and wealth.

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Indra: King of Gods

He has authority over the sky and the power to make rain using his weapon the thunderbolt. Indra is depicted as a man with four long arms riding a white elephant. Indra is the god of battle.

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Vedic god tvastr

Tvastr

Artisan God

First born Creator of the Universe

The Heavenly Builder
The Maker of Divine Implements
Lord of the Womb

In the Yajur-Veda, Purusha Sukta and the tenth mandala of the Rig-Veda, his character and attributes are merged with the concept of Hirnyagarbha, Prajapati or Brahma. Tvaṣṭr is the heavenly builder, the maker of divine implements, especially Indra’s Vajra and the guardian of Soma. Tvaṣṭṛ is mentioned 65 times in the Rig-Veda.

These Vedic Gods have mentions of their names the most in the Vedic Scriptures. This signifies that they played an important part in the attainment of spiritual values for the people of that era. If thought on scientific grounds, these Gods are very much important in all phases of life. Be it home, workplace or society, without sun, fire, wind, water or earth, existence of any type of governance is impossible. The existence of laws and rules of punishing offenders is very essential to maintain the legal and social accountability of people.

Be it God or survival features, the values and principles of a person is the pole star which can guide him or her towards a happy and successful life. We all know that “God helps them who helps themselves” – keeping this in mind, we shall always dedicate ourselves in ventures which are adhered to truth and honesty. If we can collect the courage to meet the challenge, God is always there to personify us as the winner of the streak. Keep connected with The Epitome of the Endless to know more about the most valuable scriptures of humanity – The Vedas!

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