Sinivali

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Sinivali (Sanskrit: सिनिवाली, Sinivālī) is a Vedic goddess, mentioned in two hymns of the Rigveda, in RV 2.32 and RV 10.184.[1] In 2.32.7-8 she is described as broadhipped, fair-armed, fair-fingered, presiding over fecundity and easy birth. She is invoked together with Gungu, Raka, Sarasvati, Indrani and Varunani. In 10.184.2, she is invoked together with Sarasvati to place the fetus in the womb.[2]

In later Vedic texts, she is identified with Raka, presiding over the new moon.

Sinivali is also the name of a daughter of Angiras[disambiguation needed] the Mahabharata, of a wife of Dhatr and of the mother of Darsha in the Brahma Purana, and a name of Durga.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kinsley, David (1987, reprint 2005). Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Faminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 81-208-0394-9, p.15
  2. ^ O'Flaherty, Wendy Doniger (2000). The Rig Veda: An Anthology. New Delhi: Penguin Books. p. 291. ISBN 0-14-044402-5.