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Rudra

Rudra (Skt., ‘roarer’, or ‘the ruddy one’). A Vedic storm god. Rudra is sometimes identified with Agni or Indra, especially in connection with the monsoon rains. Like rainstorms, he has two aspects, one associated with fertility, healing, and welfare, the other associated with destruction, rage, and fear.

In post-Vedic times Rudra gradually becomes identified with the great god Śiva. In the Veda, śiva, ‘the auspicious one’, is one of Rudra's epithets. In later times, rudra is an epithet of Śiva, referring to his destructive aspect.

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Rudra

Rudra in the Rig Veda, a Vedic minor god, associated with the storm. In Hinduism, Rudra is also one of the names of Shiva.

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