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In the Veda, the first offspring of Brahmā, variously characterized as either male or female. Virāj often has a creative function; in the Puruṣasūkta, puruṣa is born from her, and she is born from puruṣa. S/he is also identified with Prajāpati, and in Puraṇic times with Viṣṇu or Kṛṣṇa.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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