Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Maruts - Companions of Indra


The Maruts are the sons of Diti, and the companions of Indra, the King of the Devas. Their mother had sought a boon from their father Kashyapa that the son to be born to her should be the slayer of Indra. The sage granted her wish, but with the proviso that she had to observe a rigid vow known as the Pumsvana for the period of her pregnancy.

When Aditi, the mother of Indra came to know of this, she sent her son, disguised as a mendicant to kill the embryo at a suitable opportunity. When Diti went to sleep without washing her feet (thereby breaking her vow of purity), Indra entered her womb and sliced her embryo into forty-nine pieces. As they embryo started crying, he said, "Ma Ruda." (Don't cry.) The forty-nine children born were the Maruts. Since their mother had not succeeded in keeping the vow, they became friends and companions of Indra instead of his enemies.

See 'The Birth of the Maruts' for the full story.

Last Modified At: Sun Jul 31 03:31:42 2005