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In the Ṛg Veda, a class of eight gods associated with Indra, viz. Āpa (water) (sometimes Ahan (day), Dhruva (pole star), Soma (moon), Dhara/Dhava (earth), Anila (wind), Anala/Pāvaka (fire), Prabhāsa (light), Pratyūṣa (dawn). Vasus are also classified as Viśvedevas, and linked with atmospheric powers. In the Mahābhārata, as the result of a curse, they appear as the sons of the celestial Gaṅgā, all of whom, bar the eighth, Bhīṣma, are drowned by their mother at birth in order to return them to the sky.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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