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VINATA

Indian Mother Goddess

Harassed mother of Varuna and Garuda

She is the second wife of long-suffering KASYAPA.

His first wife, the snaky KADRU, had asked for 1,000 children, so modest VINATA asked for only two — but on the condition that they should be more powerful than all KADRU’s brood. That seemed fair, so she was blessed with the bouncing babies VARUNA and GARUDA.

Unfortunately, number one wife KADRU made VINATA’S life hell. First she was taken prisoner. Then KADRU refused to release her unless one of her boys stole some Amrita from Heaven.

GARUDA with his eagle wings managed it, and after his mother was freed, the lads declared a vendetta against all descendants of KADRU. To this day the Eagle God and the Sun God hate snakes.

VINATA FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : VINATA
Location : India
Gender : Female
Type : deity
In charge of : Motherhood
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : OKAY, not bad
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 174
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Article last updated on 21 August 2014 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "VINATA: Mother Goddess from Indian mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 21 Aug. 2014. Web. 29 August 2014.

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