Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Vasus - Divine Beings


The eight Vasus are divine beings, who reside in the heaven along with the Devas. The eldest of them was named Dhyou. Once they incurred the displeasure of the sage Vasishta who cursed them to be born on the earth. They were born as the sons of King Shantanu of the Chandra dynasty and his wife, the goddess Ganga. All but the eldest Dhyou were drowned on birth by Ganga, enabling them to return to their heavenly abode. The eldest of the Vasus, however, had been cursed with a life of sorrow and therefore survived for a long time. He was a renowned warrior and the grand old man of the Kuru dynasty, Bhishma.

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