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AGASTYA

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Indian legendary mortal

Also known as AGATHIAR, AGASTYAR

Incredibly impressive Vedic Sage.

He had not one but two dads: VARUNA and MITRA. This was a sort of test-tube job bypassing female pregnancy so he did not have a mum.

Being a mortal, he was deprived of the benefits of Godly status. But AGASTYA’s amazing exploits would put many Gods to shame.

His great wisdom and knowledge of holy matters gave him sagely equivalent of super-powers. He would think nothing of drinking an entire ocean to make a point, and the very mountains themselves bowed down to let him pass.

He was close to the Gods and acted as a journalist for the RIG-VEDA — the four sacred volumes of heroic exploits. He may even have introduced the Vedic religion to mankind.

AGASTYA was quite a hero himself and very tough on demons. When he wasn’t teasing them into submission he was helping others in their anti-demonic crusades.

He was also a great buddy of RAMA. When the great BRAHMA gave him the gift of a fearsome arrow, he lent it to RAMA to snuff out the demon king RAVANA.

So all in all, this sage of sages certainly deserves a mention in our dispatches.

AGASTYA FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : AGASTYA
Location : India
Gender : Male
Type : legendary mortal
In charge of :
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : AGATHIAR, AGASTYAR
Popularity index : 78

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Article last updated on 16 January 2010 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "AGASTYA: legendary mortal from Indian mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 16 Jan. 2010. Web. 30 July 2014.

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