Rātri

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Ratri, RAtri, Raatri


Rātri literally means ‘One who gives rest or happiness’.

  • The benevolent goddess ruling over night is the sister of Uṣas.[1]
  • She is of Ṛgvedic antiquity.
  • She is described as wearing black robes studded with glittering stars.
  • She is invoked for warding off the threat of darkness like robbers, reptiles, wild animals and wicked spirits.


References

  1. Uṣas means dawn.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore