8 ashta vasu 11
11 ekadas rudra
Vocabulary for Vasu
name of the gods, as the "good or bright ones" , esp. of
of a particular class of gods,
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:
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
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
Ap * Apah * ruling Water, one of the eight demigods called Vasu
Five major ayurvedic elements = Panch-maha-bhuti = akasha, vayu, agni, apah, and prithvi.
Apah = water but not only the normal sense of earth's water.
updated:11 December 2021
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