Second wife of long suffering KASYAPA.
His first snaky wife KADRU had asked for 1,000 children, so VINATA asked for only two — but on the condition that they should be more powerful than all KADRU’s brood. So she gave birth to VARUNA and GARUDA.
Number one wife KADRU made VINATA’S life hell and kept her prisoner, refusing 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.
Article last updated on 28 January 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: Goddess from Indian mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 28 Jan. 2014. Web. 30 July 2014.