(9) The Adityas
, personified abstractions, are often called asuras, but so are others deities like Indra, Agni, etc.
, a housewife from Surabaya, was overcome with grief when she found the name of her husband, Nanang Priowidodo, on the list.
"He just told me, 'Praise God, this new year brings a lot of good fortune,'" Adityas
recalled, holding her grandson tight while weeping uncontrollably.
The last section dwells on the grahas and Adityas
on Surya images and with navagrahas on the Shaiva, Vaishnava and Jain images.
Another unique feature of the temple are the twelve adityas
set in niches in the walls, representing the transformations of the sun through the year.
The Rgvedic Adityas
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If we compare verse 2 with verse 8, and verse 3 with verse 7, the formulaic parallelism we noted in the first example appears once again, if not in quite such a striking fashion: RV 3.8.2 RV 3.8.8 samiddhasya srayamanah purastad aditya
rudra vasavah sunitha brahma vanvano ajaram suviram are dyavaksama prthivi antariksam asmad amatim badhamana uc sajosaso yajnam avantu deva chrayasva mahate saubhagaya urdhvam krnvantv adhvarasya ketum Reclining in front of the kindled May the gods, the Adityas
, Rudras, (fire), winning the formulated Vasus of good leadership, sky-and- speech (which is) unaging and earth, earth and atmosphere, in potent, (and) repelling indigence unison aid (our) worship!
VIII.101.l5ab mata rudranam duhita vasunam / svasadityanam amrtasya nabhih Mother of the Rudras, daughter of the Vasus, sister of the Adityas
, the nave of immortality...
Nevertheless, because the term is applied to several Vedic gods, notably Indra, Agni, the Maruts (Rudras), the Asvins, and Soma (though notably not to any one of the Adityas
, Mitra or Varuna, etc.), as well as to a handful of otherwise obscure human figures, a generally positive sense like 'rich, liberal, powerful' etc., can be reasonably assumed.