Hindu Mythology

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VINATÂ

Hindu Mother Goddess

Harassed mother of Varuna and Garuda

She is the second wife of long-suffering Kasyapa.

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

Unfortunately, number one wife Kadrû made Vinatâ’S life hell. First she was taken prisoner. Then Kadrû 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 Kadrû. To this day the Eagle God and the Sun God hate snakes.

Vinatâ Facts and Figures

Name: Vinatâ
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Motherhood
Area of expertise: Mother

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

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