From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Jit Majumdar
- lord/ master of sacrifice, prayer and devotion (see: brāmanaşpati)
- lord/ leader of the great and powerful
- the grandson of Brahmā, the son of Ańgiras and Vasudā, the husband of Śubhā, Tārā (not to be confused with the Tāntrik Mahāvidyā or the Buddhist goddess Tārā) and Mamatā, the father of Romaşa, Kuśadhvaja, Kaca and Bharadvāja, and of 14 daughters, and the grandfather of Devavatī who was the previous incarnation of Sītā. He is the regent of the Planet Jupiter and the lord of three nakşatras (lunar mansions): Puņarvasu, Viśākhā and Purva Bhadrapada, and the preceptor and priest of the Devas; a King of Kāśmīra (R. Taranginī); the great grandson of Emperor Aśoka.