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Vritra

Vritra is the brother of Vala, a demon killed by Indra. Vritra in the form of a stag or deer (mRga) was killed by Indra. vRtra m. (only once in TS.) or n. (mostly in pl.) coverer , investor , restrainer, an enemy , foe , hostile host N. of the Vedic personification of an imaginary malignant influence or demon of darkness and drought (supposed to take possession of the clouds , causing them to obstruct the clearness of the sky and keep back the waters ; Indra is represented as battling with this evil influence in the pent up clouds poetically pictured as mountains or castles which are shattered by his thunderbolt and made to open their receptacles as a Danava , Vritra is a son of Tvashtri , or of Danu q.v. , and is often identified with Ahi , the serpent of the sky , and associated with other evil spirits , such as Sushna , Namuci , Pipru , Sambara , Urana , whose malignant influences are generally exercised in producing darkness or drought) a thunder-cloud darkness a wheel a mountain N. of a partic. mountain a stone N. of Indra(?) n. wealth (= {dhana}) L. (v.l. {vitta}) sound , noise (= {dhvani}) Vritra: a great demon killed by Indra. He was actually the of devotee Citraketu who had been cursed by mother Durgâ to take such a low birth. http://www.vahini.org/glossary/v.html
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