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(Hindu Deity)VAYU

Also known as VATA, PAVANA, PRANA
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Vahana (Vehicle) : Antelope or deer

One of the five great elements. Vayu is the Vedic God of wind and air.

He was a notorious hot head and rarely even attempted to keep his violent or lustful urges in check, like the time he rippped the top off mount Meru and threw it into the sea to become the island of Lanka. On the plus side he was an awesome charioteer and definately one to get onside, so when Indra needed a hand to retrieve the worlds waters from a thieving demon called Vritra, guess who got the call?

Lusting after women was another vice of Vayu. He had illigitimate children all over the place so when he heard Kunti chant the divine mantra he cleared his diary and sped to impregnate her. In no time at all she gave birth to Bhima.

Vayu is also the spiritual father of Hanuman, having delivered the pregnancy to Anjana himself, and taught him how to fly.

However, by the time of the Puranas Vayu's loose-cannon ways had became unacceptable to the powers that be and he was relegated to a Dikpalaka, one of the compass point guardians, and while still an important role it is a far cry from his heady days as God of the breath of life.
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'VAYU' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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