VAYU – A deva (god)


Vayu was the Vedic wind god.
He fought alongside Indra and the Maruts (gods of storm) in defeating Vritra, the storm demon who held back the celes­tial waters. He was a charioteer of enormous power. Vayu would be connected in the Upanishads with breath of life (prana). By the time of the Puranas, how­ever, Vayu was reduced to one of the eight Dikpalakas (guardians of the directions) of the universe.

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