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Nakshatra

Vasu

33 deities


8 ashta vasu

11 ekadas rudra

12 dwadas-aditya

1 praja-pathi

1 vashatkara

Vocabulary for Vasu

"excellent

  • good
  • beneficent
  • sweet
  • dry

name of the gods, as the "good or bright ones" , esp. of

  1. the Adityas
  2. Maruts
  3. Asvins
  4. Indra
  5. Ushas
  6. Rudra
  7. Vayu
  8. Vishnu
  9. Siva
  10. and Kubera

of a particular class of gods,

  • whose number is usually eight
  • and whose chief is Indra, later Agni and Vishnu

they form one of the nine Ganas or classes enumerated under Gana-devata


the eight Vasus were originally personifications, like other Vedic deities, of natural phenomena,

and are usually mentioned with the other Ganas common in the Veda , viz.

the eleven Rudras

and the twelve Adiyas,

constituting with them and with Dyaus "Heaven" and Prithivi, "Earth"

[or , according to some , with Indra and Praja-pati ,

or, according to others, with the two Asvins]

the thirty-three gods to which reference is frequently made


the names of the Vasu, according to the Vishnu-Purana:

  1. Apa "water"
  2. Dhruva "the Pole-star"
  3. Soma "the Moon"
  4. Dhava or Dhara "stream"
  5. Anila "Wind"
  6. Anala or Pavaka "Fire"
  7. Pratyusha "the Dawn"
  8. Prabhasa "Light"

but their names are variously given: Ahan "Day" being sometimes substituted for 1


in their relationship to Fire and Light, they appear to belong to Vedic rather than Puranic mythology


  • a symbolical name of the number "eight"
  • a ray of light
  • a partic. ray of light (jina)

...

  • wealth, goods, riches, property
  • the god of wealth or property
  • stream of wealth
  • gold
  • a jewel, gem, pearl
  • any valuable or precious object"

Asta-vasu * The Eight Vasu * Basu = Indwelling Ones

Gods of abundance

Basu-daibata = wealth-giver of jewels, precious articles, gold, etc.

the lists of these entities vary considerably according to lineage traditions

  1. Agni earth-fire * Anala living

  2. Prithvi earth * Dhara-Dhava stream (of water, of goods)

  3. Va-yu wind * A-nila wind (a-nila = color-less, dark-less, leader of the 49 winds)

  4. Antariksha atmosphere * Aha pervading

  5. Aditya eternal no-limits indivisible * Pratyu-sha pre-dawn light

  6. Dyaus sky * Prabha-sha shining dawn

  7. Chandramas moon * Soma moon

  8. Na-kstrani stars * Dhruva motionless (the Polestar)


  1. Drona
  2. Dhruva
  3. Dosha
  4. Arka
  5. Agni
  6. Dyou
  7. PraaNa
  8. Vibhavasu
APAH

Ap * Apah * ruling Water, one of the eight demigods called Vasu

Five major ayurvedic elements = Panch-maha-bhuti = akasha, vayu, agni, apah, and prithvi.

  • Akasha = "space, astral particles ";

  • vayu = "simplest matter, gross prana";

  • agni = "fire, heat, fusing, radiation"; and

  • privthi = "earth, rocks, clay".

Apah = water but not only the normal sense of earth's water.

  • Apah = anything without a definite shape or volume,

    • that is moving or transitioning between shapes.

    Apah includes air, winds and waters -- anything in a liquid or gaseous state.

  • "Apah" is sometimes translated as "atmosphere".

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