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Supreme and war god
Depiction of the Araratian god Khaldi
standing on a lion.
Erebuni Fortress Museum: Yerevan, Armenia
Other names Khaldi
Affiliation Urartian mythology, Theispas, Shivini
Abode Urartu
Symbol Lion
Personal Information
Children Ardinis (?)[1]
Column base; the god Khaldi stands on a lion, holding in his left hand a bowl and in his right hand a spearhead (or a plant)
Reign of King Rusa II (685–645 BC); Urartu; Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara, Turkey

Ḫaldi (Haldi.jpgd, Ḫaldi, also known as Khaldi) was one of the three chief deities of Urartu. His shrine was at Ardini (Muṣaṣir).

The other two chief deities were Theispas of Kumenu, and Shivini of Tushpa.[2]

Of all the gods of the Urartian pantheon, the most inscriptions are dedicated to Khaldi.[citation needed] His wife was the goddess Arubani. He was portrayed as a man with or without wings, standing on a lion.[3]

Khaldi was a warrior god to whom the kings of Urartu would pray for victories in battle. The temples dedicated to Khaldi were adorned with weapons such as swords, spears, bows and arrows, and shields hung from the walls and were sometimes known as 'the house of weapons'.



  1. ^ "Armenia (Vannic)" by A.H. Sayce, p.793-4; "Armenia (Zoroastrian)", by M(ardiros). H. Ananikian, p.794-802; in Encyclopædia of Religion and Ethics, ed. James Hastings, vol. 1, 1908
  2. ^ Ernest René Lacheman, Martha A. Morrison, David I. Owen, General studies and excavations at Nuzi 9/1, 1987, ISBN 978-0-931464-08-9, p. 50f.[1]
  3. ^ "Haldi | ancient god". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  • Piotrovsky, Boris B. (1969) The Ancient Civilization of Urartu: An Archaeological Adventure. Cowles Book Co. ISBN 0-214-66793-6