Indra and Varuna are the two most important
archetypal symbols of Indian mythology. This book reviews the development of
the myths related to there figures in the entire Vedic literature, the Mahabharata
and the principal Puranas. It studies the meterological, physiological,
psychological, political, social, religious and philosophical interpretations of these
two mythological and literary images. This book concludes that mythically the two
most important and exalted Vedic Gods-Indra and Varuna of Vedas fall of from
their position at the emergence of the Hindu trinity in the Mahabharata and the
Puranas but philosophically they remain as important as before representing the
two complementary aspects of the cosmic reality at various levels of existence.
One represents the truth of being, the other the truth of becoming; one represents
the spirit, the other the matter; one symbolizes the vast creative principle and the
other the enveloping formless void; one denotes metaphorically the day, and the
other the night.
About the Author
D. Usha Choudhuri (b. 1937)
Gold Medalist in
M.A. Sanskrit, PhD, Delhi Vedavacaspati, Gurukul Kangri University.
of Sanskrit, Indra-prastha College/ Delhi University for over 22 years.
Professor of Vedic thought and classical literature, University of Bucharest,
Author of Indra and Varuna in Indian Mythology and
various other research papers.
Specialization in Vedic literature, Mythology
and Archetypal criticism.
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