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Puṣan (‘the nourisher’)
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Puṣan literally means ‘the nourisher’.
  
Puṣan (or Puṣā) is one of the twelve aspects of the Sun, known as the Adityas or Dvādaśādityas. He represents the nourishing and life-supporting aspect of the Sun. He is exceedingly beautiful. He wears a cakra or a discus with which he destroys the evil ones. He is ever eager to protect his votaries. He looks upon all with an equal eye and is very generous.
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Characteristics of Puṣan are:
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* Puṣan or Puṣā is one of the twelve aspects of the Sun, known as the Adityas or Dvādaśādityas.
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* He represents the nourishing and life-supporting aspect of the Sun.
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* He is exceedingly beautiful.
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* He wears a cakra or a discus with which he destroys the evil ones.
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* He is ever eager to protect his votaries.
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* He looks upon all with an equal eye and is very generous.
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* He has been eulogized in eight suktas of the Rgveda.<ref>Rgveda 3.62.9</ref><ref>Rgveda 6.53.3</ref><ref>Rgveda 6.58.3</ref><ref>Rgveda 10.17.5</ref>
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* According to paurāṇic legends, he was present at the sacrifice of Dakṣa.
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* When Vīrabhadra, an emanation from Rudra, attacked and destroyed Dakṣa’s sacrifice, Puṣan was one of the victims who lost his teeth.<ref>Bhāgavata 4.5.21</ref>
  
He has been eulogised in eight suktas of the Rgveda (3.62.9; 6.53.3; 6.58.3; 10.17.5).
 
 
According to paurāṇic legends, he was present at the sacrifice of Dakṣa. When Vīrabhadra, an emanation from Rudra/ Siva, attacked and destroyed Dakṣa’s sacrifice, Puṣan was one of the victims who lost his teeth (vide Bhāgavata 4.5.21).
 
 
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Revision as of 04:15, 10 June 2019

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Pusan, PuSan, Pushan


Puṣan literally means ‘the nourisher’.

Characteristics of Puṣan are:

  • Puṣan or Puṣā is one of the twelve aspects of the Sun, known as the Adityas or Dvādaśādityas.
  • He represents the nourishing and life-supporting aspect of the Sun.
  • He is exceedingly beautiful.
  • He wears a cakra or a discus with which he destroys the evil ones.
  • He is ever eager to protect his votaries.
  • He looks upon all with an equal eye and is very generous.
  • He has been eulogized in eight suktas of the Rgveda.[1][2][3][4]
  • According to paurāṇic legends, he was present at the sacrifice of Dakṣa.
  • When Vīrabhadra, an emanation from Rudra, attacked and destroyed Dakṣa’s sacrifice, Puṣan was one of the victims who lost his teeth.[5]


References

  1. Rgveda 3.62.9
  2. Rgveda 6.53.3
  3. Rgveda 6.58.3
  4. Rgveda 10.17.5
  5. Bhāgavata 4.5.21
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore