Himavat


Himavat

Himavat ("IAST|himavant-") is the Hindu God of snow, a personification of the Himalayan mountains. Himavat fathered the more prominent Parvati and Ganga, wife of Shiva and river goddess respectively. He is bethrothed to Menaka, a nymph.

Sanskrit "IAST|himavant-" translates to "having much snow". Sanskrit "IAST|himá" "frost, snow" is cognate to Latin "hiems" "winter" from PIE "PIE|ghyem-".

References

*"Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend" (ISBN 0-500-51088-1) by Anna Dallapiccola


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