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ARUNA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Red, rosy.'The dawn, personified as the charioteer of the sun. This is of later origin than the Vedic Ushas.

He is said to be the son of Kasyapa and Kadru.

He is also called Rumra, 'tawny,' and by two epithets of which the meaning is not obvious, An-uru, 'thighless,' and Asmana, 'stony.'

[NOTE: Although Dowson provides the information cited above, other sources report Aruna as the offspring of Vinata, not Kadru.]


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