soma

Hindu - A drink of the gods, later personified. As a god. In some accounts, soma is the same as amrita, though others regard amrita as a food, soma as a drink. Some say that it was the juice of a climbing plant, others that (like amrita) it was created at the Churning of the Ocean, still others that it fell as rain when the gods pressed it through holes in a celestial sieve. One story says that soma was present in the heavens before the gods lived there and was retrieved by the children of Suparni. The gods placed soma in the hands of the archer Gandharva for safekeeping but he was unable to prevent Agni, in the form of a hawk, from seizing it. At times, identified as soma, amrita, amrita, amrit, amrt, amrta, amara-varuni, amrata, amr(i)t, sudha, Jambu, amrita, amrita, Jambu, Chandra, Chandra, Candra, Candramas, Candramus, Indu, Soma, Candra(mus), Soma, Candra, sudhan or sudhan.

Soma

Hindu - A name for Chandra. Son of Atri and Anasuya. Son of Parjanya, some say. Husband of Rohina or Suryaa. Father of Bharda and Durvasas. The divine drink personified. In some accounts he married the many daughters of Daksha who cursed him when he neglected them. As Soma became weaker as a result of the curse, all the creatures on earth became weaker as well until Daksha was forced to lighten the curse. Now the moon, ruled by Soma, weakens and recovers every month. Also commonly identified as Soma, amrita, amrita, amrit, amrt, amrta, amara-varuni, amrata, amr(i)t, soma, sudha, Jambu, amrita, amrita, Jambu, Chandra, Chandra, Candra, Candramas, Candramus, Indu, Soma, Candra(mus), Candra, sudhan or sudhan.

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