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(Hindu Deity)RUDRA

Also known as NILAKANTHA
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The Howler or Red One, Father of the Maruts and general scapegoat. All of the top Vedic Gods dark aspects were attributed to Rudra. Hey, they had to blame someone.

His destructive and life giving aspects were of serious extremes. On the one set of eight hands he was armed with a bow and lightening arrrows and God of the roaring storm and the hunt with a reputation as a destructive and fearsome deity and bringer of disease. But on the other, he had over a thousand medicines as you woud expect from the master physician and doctor to the Gods. Rumours abound that sickness and recovery were both attributed to this matty haired loose cannon. Maybe he made people sick just so he could cure them, you know, to try out all of his potions?

He was a bit of an outcast in Godly circles because of his association with death and often had to bully his way into a share of any sacrifice to the Gods. He threatened to kill Prajapati when he commited incest with Ushas so he did have a sense of right and wrong... kind of. But he was back to his old self in no time, accepting a generous back-hander in the form of a new title - 'Lord of the wild beasts' - which matched the other Gods opinion of his nature perfectly.

This rough around the edges deity underwent some sort of cosmic face lift, not to mention personality enhancement, in the later Hindu texts, and is considered an early prototype for one of the new breed of superGods. As Shiva he became one of the top three Gods of Hindu mythology known as the Trimurti, along with Brahma and Vishnu.
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'RUDRA' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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