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Old 26-03-2015, 07:16 PM   #7
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The Thirty-three deities or Tridasha (tridaśa "three times ten") is a pantheon of Vedic deities, some of Vedic origin and some developed later. All the Vedic deities are called tri-piṣṭapa, and there are 3 kinds of them - the Ādityas, the Vasus and the Rudras - beneath whom are the other demigods, like the Maruts and Sādhyas.. Tridasha generally includesa set of 31 deities consisting of 12 Ādityas, 11 Rudras, and 8 Vasus; the identity of the other two deities that fill out the 33 varies, though their roles are generally a creator deity, presiding over procreation and protector of life and the 33rd is an all-powerful supreme ruler...

Other sources include the two Aśvins (or Nāsatyas), twin solar deities..

Indra also called Śakra, lord of the gods, is the First of the 33 followed by Agni..

Prajāpati "Master of creatures", a creator god..

The generic title, though not the particular names of the deities, was borrowed in Buddhist sources as a name for the heaven "of the Thirty-three gods" (Trāyastriṃśa)...

The Trāyastriṃśa heaven is an important world of the devas in Hindu and Buddhist cosmology.. The word trāyastriṃśa is an adjective formed from the numeral trayastriṃśat, "33" and can be translated in English as "belonging to the 33 [devas]".. It is primarily the name of the second heaven in Buddhist cosmology, and secondarily used of the devas who dwell there..The Trāyastriṃśa heaven is the second of the heavens of the Kāmadhātu, and the highest of the heavens that maintains a physical connection with the rest of the world.. Trāyastriṃśa is located on the peak of Sumeru, the central mountain of the world, at a height of 80,000 yojanas (perhaps about 400,000 miles); the total area of the heaven is 80,000 yojanas square.. This heaven is therefore comparable to the Greek Olympus in some respects..

Indra, also known as Śakra in the Vedas, is the leader of the Devas or gods and the lord of Svargaloka or heaven in Hinduism.. He is the god of rain and thunderstorms..He wields a lightning thunderbolt known as vajra and rides on a white elephant known as Airavata..Agni is a Hindu deity, one of the most important of the Vedic gods.. He is the god of fire and the acceptor of sacrifices for onwards conveyance to other deities..The sacrifices made to Agni go to the deities because Agni is a messenger from and to the other gods..Due to the link between heaven and earth, and between deities and humans, he is associated with Vedic sacrifice, taking offerings to the other world in his fire.. In Hinduism, his vehicle is the ram..

The Āryans (ārya meaning 'noble'), who developed the worship of fire, personified and deified the sacrificial fire as God Agni.. Acquired as a gift from heaven, Agni’s birth at 3 levels – earth, mid-space and heaven, reflects the 'domestic fire', the 'defensive fire' and the 'offering fire' of the Vedic house-holder; the mid-space is the womb, the source of rain-water. Offended by Agni, Bhrigu had cursed Agni to become the devourer of all things on this earth, but Brahma modified that curse and made Agni the purifier of all things he touched..Agni has 3 forms: 'fire', 'lightning' and the 'Sun'..Yaskacharya explains that it is called (Agni) because it is (Agrani), the forward leader who is the ever awake disseminator of knowledge and the first principle of thought which manifests as Speech; it is carried at the front in all ritualistic undertakings (yajnas)..In Section VII of the Sabha Parva of Mahabharata, Narada speaks about the 27 fires conveying the sacrificial butter..There are 5 kinds of Agni (fire) – Kāla-agni ('fire of time'), Kśudhā-agni ('fire of hunger'), Śīta-agni ('cold fire'), Kopa-agni ('fire of anger') and Jñāna-agni ('fire of knowledge')... must turn steadily, but cannot turn untended..There must be men to tend them, men as steady as the wheels upon their axles, sane men, obedient men, stable in contentment...
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