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AGASTYA

Hindu legendary mortal

Also known as Agastyar, Agathiar

Picture of the Hindu legendary mortal Agastya from our Hindu mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

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
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Agastyar, Agathiar

Gender: Male
Type: legendary mortal
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

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Article last revised on September 18, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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