Agni Vaisvanara

Definition - What does Agni Vaisvanara mean?

In Hinduism, Agni Vaisvanara has several meanings: a deity, the universal power or the universal in humans, and the heat that digests food. In the Hindu text, the Rig Veda, Vaisvanara is described as an incarnation of Hindu god of fire, Agni. In Tibetan Buddhism, Agni Vaisvanara is the protector deity of the cremation grounds.

The term comes from the Sanskrit agni, meaning “fire”; and vaisvanara, which is derived from vishva, meaning “universe,” and narah, meaning “man.”

Yogapedia explains Agni Vaisvanara

As an avatar of Agni, Vaisvanara is described as the “one who treats all equally.” In the Shaktism branch of Hinduism, agni vaisvanara is one of the forms of fire assigned to specific parts of the body before and in preparation for a religious ceremony.

Agni Vaisvanara also personifies the universal power in man and may be referred to as the atman (the Self or soul).

Even the definition of agni vaisvanara as heat that digests food has a deeper meaning. The power of digesting supports life and is found in all beings.

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