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Agni -God of Fire 200 hymns of Rig Veda and eight of the ten books, are dedicated to Agni. To honor Agni, Hindus are expected to face fires in the proper.

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1 Agni -God of Fire 200 hymns of Rig Veda and eight of the ten books, are dedicated to Agni. To honor Agni, Hindus are expected to face fires in the proper direction for different purposes. When facing East, the fire should be used for sacrifices to the gods; when facing South, the fire should be used for sacrifices to the spirits of the dead. Fires should face west when used for cooking. In Hindu art, Agni is depicted with two or seven hands, two heads and seven tongue with which he licks the sacrificial butter. Attributes: Axe, Torch, Prayer beads, & a flaming spear.

2 Varuna -, Guardian of Cosmic Justice, Lord of the Sky, Varuna was a dual god known as Mitra-Varuna, the former ruling the day and the latter the night, but slowly the names became synonyms In later myths Varuna is described as the Lord of the Waters. This is a focus on his powers of inducing dropsy, as well as the Vedic description of him as the god who satisfies the thirst of his followers. He is described as being in the midst of the celestial waters as well as being a sky god, a juxtaposition possible only in one spot. Varuna's power over the water as well as the geographical conjunction of ocean waters with the sky at the horizon made sure that his watery aspect would remain, even when his people cast him down from the sky

3 Vayu - God of wind. In Vedic times he was much revered as one of the Hindu Triad. After that age, in the Brahmanic era, he was reduced in status but he still continues to occupy a certain eminent position in the Hindu pantheon. Vayu roams all over the earth and the heavens though his home is in the north-west, a quarter which he rules exclusively. He is featured as a destructive god who has an intemperate character and is often subject to violent desires which he never strives to repress. He is also said to be the king of the Gandharvas, spirits of the mountains who dwell in the foothills of Mount Meru, a mythical summit often mentioned in Hindu religious texts. Vayu is nevertheless important for certain Hindu ceremonies and is then perceived of in more temperate terms. He is called "the bearer of perfumes" and is credited with being a benign force who is a constant companion of Vishnu, one of the incumbent Hindu triad, and his wife Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and beauty

4 Dyaus – Sky God In the Vedic pantheon Dyausa Pita is the Sky Father, divine consort of the Prithvi and father of Agni, Indra and Ushas, the daughter representing dawn. Etymologically, Dyausa is derived from Sanskrit root word morpheme div which means to shine. Words related to Dyausa in Sankrit are many and include Divasa (Day), Disha (Direction) etc. It shares a common historical origin with Deus, the Latin word for God or deity. According to one version of Creation as embodied in the Rig Veda (RV), mortal life emerged from the procreation by Dyausa Pita, whereby the mother Earth, goddess Prithivi was impregnated by the Dyausa Pita by way of rains. Details of the Dyausa Pita myth are sketchy. Ultimately, Dyaus is taken as having been killed by Indra, his elder son, who throws him out of the sky to fall to death

5 Prithvi - Earth and mother goddess According to one tradition, she is the personification of the Earth, and to another its Mother, being Prithivi Tattwa, the essence of the element earth. Prithvi is also called Dhra, Dharti, Dhrithri, meaning that which holds everything. Originally and in archaic Vedic lore, Dyausa Pita and Pritvi Mata were one, single composite dvandva entity, named as the Dyavaprthivi. As Prithvi Devi, she is one of two wives of Lord Vishnu. His other wife is Lakshmi. Prithvi is another form of Laxmi. Another name for Her is Bhumi or Bhudevi or Bhuma Devi. As Prithvi Mata "Mother Earth" she contrasts with Dyaus Pita "father sky". In the Rigveda, Earth and Sky are frequently addressed in the dual, probably indicating the idea of two complementary half-shells. She is the wife of Dyaus Pita ('father Dyaus'). She is the mother of Indra and Agni. She is associated with the cow. Prithu, an incarnation of Vishnu, milked her in the cow's form to get food from her.

6 We both know all these entities of nature will be present on the occasion of our reception for blessing us with Happiness, Love, Joy and Peace. We request you to be the Sixth element, in joining them and us during the joyous moment of our reception. The blessings of the Five elements and you will make this happy moment escalate in exponential proportions.

7 Shilpa and Amarnath Invites We welcome you and your family to join us and share the memorable moment of our Reception where we both join hands together to continue the journey of life. Where : ‘Padmavathi Mahal’ 58, Arcot road, Saligramam (opp. Big Bazaar) Chennai-93 When : 07/09/09 6:30pm If you miss the bus…

8 Incase you miss us at Chennai, there is yet another opportunity to bless us. Where : ‘Town Vasavi Mahal’ Salem-1 When : 13/09/09 11:30am to 2:00pm Shilpa & Amarnath


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