In Hinduism, Aranyani is a goddess of the forests and the animals that dwell within it.

Aranyani has the distinction of having one of the most descriptive hymns in the Rhg Ved dedicated to her. She is described as elusive, fond of quiet glades in the jungle, and fearless of remote places. Indeed the supplicant entreats her to explain, how she wanders, so far from the fringe of civilisation, without becoming afraid or lonely. She is adorned with anklets of bells and is seldom seen but more often heard as the tinkling of her anklets echos through the dark forest. [The Hymns of the Rgveda By Ralph T.H. Griffith 1973 Hymn CXLVI Page 640] Her worship has declined in modern day hinduism, and it would be rare indeed to find a temple dedicated to Aranyani, but the hymn in the Rhg Ved is so vivid, it immediately creates a sense of hushed reverence, and sounds as though it could have been written yesterday, by someone who had a direct meeting with the Goddess. She is also described as a dancer.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • araṇyāní — अरण्यानि …   Indonesian dictionary

  • araṇyānī́ — अरण्यानी …   Indonesian dictionary

  • List of Hindu deities — This is a List of Hindu deities. Note that according to Hindu mythology there are 340 million (including local and regional) deities all of which cannot be listed. A* Aakash Sky * Acyutah Vishnu Avatar * Adimurti * Aditi Sky, Consciousness, The… …   Wikipedia

  • Mandala 10 — The tenth Mandala of the Rigveda has 191 hymns. Together with Mandala 1, it forms the latest part of the Rigveda, containing much mythological material, including the Purusha sukta (10.90) and the dialogue of Sarama with the Panis (10.108), and… …   Wikipedia

  • Rigvedic deities — There are 1028 hymns in the Rigveda, most of them dedicated to specific deities.Indra, a heroic god, slayer of Vrtra and destroyer of the Vala, liberator of the cows and the rivers; Agni the sacrificial fire and messenger of the gods; and Soma… …   Wikipedia

  • Devi — For other uses, see Devi (disambiguation). The conjoined image of three especially popular manifestations of the Hindu Divine Mother: Lakshmi (wealth/material fulfillment), Parvati (Power/love/spiritual fulfillment), and Saraswati (learning and… …   Wikipedia

  • Liste Des Déités Du Monde Indien — Religions Védisme Brahmanisme Hindouisme Ajîvika …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Liste des deites du monde indien — Liste des déités du monde indien Religions Védisme Brahmanisme Hindouisme Ajîvika …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Liste des déités du monde indien — Cette page présente la liste des déités vénérées dans le monde indien, principalement par les hindouistes, mais parfois aussi par certaines sectes jaïns ou bouddhistes. Jésus est parfois intégré dans le panthéon hindouiste. Traditionnellement, il …   Wikipédia en Français

  • АРАНЬЯНИ — (др. инд. Aranyani, букв. «лес», от аrаnуа, «лес», «пуща»), в древнеиндийской мифологии лесная богиня, персонифицированный образ обожествлённого леса. В «Ригведе» А. упоминается только в одном гимне позднего происхождения (X 146); А. отмечена и в …   Энциклопедия мифологии

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.