Blog Single

02 Jan

Savitri is another name of the same deity Sun, and the sacred hymn, the Gayathri Mantra, which is still repeated every morning by pious Hinuds all over world; is a verse dedicated to Savithri Please note that Vishnu, which in later Hindu mythology has become a name of the Supreme Preserver of all beings,
was a name of the sun in the Vedic age The rising sun, the sun at Zenith, and the setting sun were considered the three steps of Vishnu striding across limitless space
Fire or Agni was an object of worship No sacrifice to the gods could be performed without libations or offerings to the fire, and Agni was tfterefore considered to be tfte priest among tfte gods But Agni is not only the terrestrial fire in the Rig Veda; he is also the fire of the lightning and the sun, and his abode was in heaven The early sage Bhrigus discovered him there, and Atharvavan and Angiras, the first sacrificers, installed him in this world, as the protector of men
Thus, Agni is the God of fire and acceptor of sacrifices He was considered an intermediary between Gods and men 200 hymns have been devoted to only Agni in Rig Veda while Agni is mentioned in 218 hymns
Vayu and Rudra
Vayu or the wind is sometimes invoked in the Rig Veda The Maruts or storm-gods are oftene invoked, as we have seen before, and are considered the helpers of Indra in obtaining rain for the benefit of man Rudra, the loud-sounding father of the Maruts, is the Thunder, and in later Hindu mythology, this name has been appropriately chosen for the Supreme Destroyer of all living beings
Soma & Brihaspati
Agni, or fire, received special homage because he was necessary for all sacrifice The libation of soma juice was similarly regarded sacred, and Soma was worshipped as a deity Similarly, the prayer, which accompanied the libations or offerings, was also regarded as a deity, and was called Brahamanaspati In later Hindu mythology, Brahman is selected as the name of the Supreme Creator of all living beings
Soma was prepared by extracting juice from the stalks of a certain plant, and the Soma God was god of the plants 123 hymns are dedicated to Soma and most of them are from Soma Mandala

Related Posts

Leave A Comment