Ashwini; 1 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

The Ashwini twins are the physicians of the Gods. They are said to have sprung from the sea-of-milk in Vaikunta, when it was churned by the Devas and Asuras. Some time after this, they earned the displeasure of Indra, who forbade them from partaking Havis, the sacrificial oblations.

In the Rig Veda, the are prominently featured, and are said to be the sons of Saranyu (the daughter of Tvashta) and Vivasvant. They are also said to be the sons of heaven (Dyaus). Pusan is said to be their son. According to the wedding hymn [R.V.10.85], they are the husbands of Surya, the daughter of the sun. They are fond of honey, and their car is honey-hued and honey-bearing. Their car is sun-like and is golden. It is swifter than thought and was fashioned by the three divine artificers, the Rbhus. It is either drawn by horses or by winged steeds or by buffaloes, or by a Rishabha (ox). They are associated with Usha (dawn), and are said to follow her in their car. Reference is also often made to their great speed.

They are also the fathers of the Pandava twins, Nakula and Sahadeva, whom they begat on Madri, King Pandu's wife. Since the Ashwinis are associated with horses, the Pandava twins were excellent horsemen.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

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