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AGASTYA
Also known as AGATHIAR, AGASTYAR

A picture showing the legend of AGASTYA taken from our Indian mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Indian Gods, Indian Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

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.

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Article last updated on 16 January 2010
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT AGASTYA : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : AGASTYA
Location : India
Gender : Male
Type : Legendary Mortal
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : AGATHIAR, AGASTYAR
Popularity index : 257

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