By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Vinata, VinatA, Vinataa
Vinatā was a daughter of Dakṣaprajāpatī. She was one of the 13 wives of the sage Kaśyapa. Aruṇa, the charioteer of Surya and Garuḍa were her sons. Since her pregnancy had lasted too long, she is said to have pressed her belly. As a result, the baby inside, i.e. Aruṇa, was deformed. He was born without the thighs. Hence he was named ‘Anuru.’ Once she lost a bet with her co-wife Kadru. She had to become her slave. Garuḍa released her from slavery by getting Kadru what she wanted.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore