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Indra/Agni and Vishnu/Shiva

SalixIncendium

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I came away from this morning's meditation wondering if there is any correlation between the Vedic deities Indra and Agni and the post-Vedic deities Vishnu and Shiva.

What is your take on this?
 

JustGeorge

Not As Much Fun As I Look
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They seem quite different to me, but I've only been awake for about 15 minutes so might be missing something.

Where do you see the similarities?
 

SalixIncendium

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I'm not sure that I do, or even if I do, I couldn't put my finger on exactly what they are. I'm certainly no scholar. I was just wondering if there were any qualities or attributes that carried over, especially from Agni to Shiva.
 

mangalavara

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I came away from this morning's meditation wondering if there is any correlation between the Vedic deities Indra and Agni and the post-Vedic deities Vishnu and Shiva.

What is your take on this?

I don’t remember where I have recently read it, but ‘Surya is the face of Agni in the sky.’ Additionally, Surya is an expansion or manifestation of the post-Vedic Vishnu according to the Bhagavata Purana. That is the only connection that I can think of.
 

Aupmanyav

Be your own guru
I came away from this morning's meditation wondering if there is any correlation between the Vedic deities Indra and Agni and the post-Vedic deities Vishnu and Shiva.
Of course, there is connection between Indra and Agni. They are siblings (Adityas) born to God Mother Aditi.
Vishnu and Shiva also are one, as in Harihara.
But trying to connect Vedic and Post-Vedic is not always successful. :)
Vishnu is one of the Gods and Goddesses mentioned as the destroyer of Vritra, while most others credit Indra for it.
 
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