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Indian Storm God

Ancient Storm God of Sickness who turned into Shiva

A very old and highly temperamental Storm God known as ‘The Howling One’. Ruddy RUDRA is red-faced and has many of them, all frowning and scowling. His neck, though, is blue. Despite the terrible sartorial consequences, he dresses in grotty animal skins. He also fathered an appalling squall of storm children called the MARUTS.

RUDRA is wild, impulsive and behaves like a rampaging force of nature when he’s out and about. Charging along on his wild boar, he spits with rage if anyone gets in his way. (And you thought that was rain.) If he’s in a really foul mood, he will zap you with thunderous arrows of sickness leading to awful pestilence and death.

However, when Hinduism came along he was miraculously cured of being the God of Sickness. To the applause of his new followers he changed his name to the far more modern and trendy SHIVA The Destroyer.

We do not know for sure, but it’s possible that SHIVA occasionally indulges in a relapse and sneaks out into rampaging RUDRA mode. You know, just for old time’s sake.


Name : RUDRA
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Location : India
Gender : Male
Type : deity

In charge of : Storms
God of : Storms

Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : NOT OKAY, be careful
Popularity index : 9481

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Article last updated on 08 February 2013 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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