Ushas

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Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit उषस् (uṣás, dawn).

Proper noun[edit]

Ushas

  1. (Hinduism) Vedic and Hindu female deity, personifying the dawn, usually mentioned in plural. She is portrayed as welcoming birds and warding off evil spirits, and as a beautifully adorned young woman riding in a golden chariot on her path across the sky.
    • 1999, Shyam Singh Shashi, Encyclopaedia Indica, page 16:
      Of the goddesses there are only two who have any marked individuality, viz., Ushas, the dawn, and Sarasvati, the goddess of the river of that name, and afterwards the goddess of speech.