Vayu Deva Though in Hinduism, Devas are considered Gods, in Jainism they are supernatural beings who are more powerful and happier than humans. They also live longer but are not worshipped. They cannot be seen by humans and can create illusions and can take various forms of loving beings- The Lord of Winds
Also known by the names of Vata (atmosphere), Pavana (one who purifies) and Prana, Vayu (one that blows) is the in charge of North-Western part of the universe. He is one of the part of cosmic trinity constituted of Sun, Fire and Air. He is also one of the five elements used for the creation of living beings, the other four beings fire, water, earth and ether.
Vayu is called Mukhya Vayu or Mukhya Prana (the chief of life) because when living beings breathe, they take the air in and thus making the process of life possible. Thus he is the deity of life. Ironically, he is one of the atmospheric deities, who is known for his strength and power and is considered a fighter and destroyer too. His temper is rash, impatient and destructive and is called Prabanchana for the same reason, though he strives to suppress such desires and emotions.
Depiction and Symbolism
Vayu is a fair complexioned beautiful deity who always carries a white banner and rides on a deer. As he is an atmospheric God, he has wings to travel in the air. The color blue is associated with him and he also bears the instrument of touch (he controls the sensation of touch). He is also the king of Gandharvas (mythical heavenly beings), also known as the male nature spirits. He is Gandharba and Gandhavaha as he is the bearer of sweet smells. Vayu incarnated as Madhvacharya, a sage born in 1238 C.E, to teach humans, realism and to worship God VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. (one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus, also known as the Preserver). Vayu is also related to the primordial cosmic sound ‘OM’ and only through this sound, one can understand and be in peace with the universe. He is one of the few deities to whom a Purana (ancient Hindu texts contacting divine stories) had been dedicated and it is named Vasu Purana.
Vayu and Mount Meru
Narad, a sage known for his intellect and manipulative skills, told Vayu to break the top of the Mount Meru (a sacred mount with five peaks and is considered the center of all physical, metaphysical and spiritual activities). Due to his destructive impulse, he agreed and Vayu for one whole year tried to break the peak by blowing hard winds. Garuda, a large bird-like creature, tried to save the mount with its large wings but took a day off to rest. Narad told Vayu about the situation of GarudaGaruda
Garuda is a mythological bird-like creature who was large and considered the king of the birds. He was known for his speed... and asked him to double his efforts. Finally the peak did break off and fell into water which thus created a place currently known as Sri Lanka.
Bhima and Hanuman
Vayu was married to one of the daughters of Vishvakarma, the divine architect but was known for having various children outside of his wedlock. The two most known sons are Bhima and Hanuman. HanumanHanuman
SRI HANUMAN is worshipped everywhere in India, alone... is the monkey God born out of the union of Vayu and Anjani. Hanuman is also called Vayu-Putra (the son of Vayu) for the same reason. He had the ability to fly because of his father.
Bhima was one of the sons of Kunti, a major motherly figure in a Hindu epic named Mahabharata. She was given a boon that she could invoke any God and beget a son from him. She invoked Vayu and got the all-powerful son, Bhima who fought for the righteousness and truth.
Vayu also fell in love with 100 daughters of a King named Kusanabha. He tried to woo each one of them but when they all denied his proposal, he made them hunch backed.