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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vamadeva, VAmadeva, Vaamadeva

Attributes of Sage Vāmadeva

Vāmadeva is a sage well-known in the Upaniṣads. He is described in various upanisads as follows:

  • The Aitareya Upanisad[1] says he had realized the ātman even while in the womb of his mother.
  • The Brhadāranyaka Upanisad[2] declares that the sage Vāmadeva realized Brahman and hence his identity with Manu and Surya.
  • The Rāma-purvatāpanī Upanisad[3] describes that Rāma was worshiped by great sages like Vasiṣṭha and Vāmadeva.
  • According to the Śivapurāna[4] he learnt about Praṇava from Kumārasvāmi[5] and taught it to other sages.
  • Ātreya was his disciple.

Aspects of Vāmadeva

Vāmadeva is also one of the five aspects of Śiva.


  1. Aitareya Upanisad 2.1.5
  2. Brhadāranyaka Upanisad 1.4.10
  3. Rāma-purvatāpanī Upanisad 6.16
  4. Kailāsakhanda 11.12
  5. Kumārasvāmi is Saṇmukha or Subrahmaṇya.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore