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Aṅgiras


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1 The name of a famous Vedic seer (ṛṣi) and priest. Many of the hymns of the Ṛg Veda are attributed to Aṅgiras, or to the poets of the Aṅgirasa clans named after him. He is renowned as a great teacher, ritualist, law-giver, and astronomer, and is identified with the planet Jupiter. In later mythology he is identified as one of the Prajāpatis who create the universe.

2 By extension, the name of Aṅgiras's priestly family, which is associated with the Atharvans.

3 With ‘Atharvan’, a name for the verses of the Atharva Veda.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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