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27) What the Vedic text is telling us therefore is that the Asvins went to the ends of the earth or to heaven, where their horses got wet in the waters of some mythical stream, (28) and as the result of this adventure Surya.
Firstly, we know that the Asvins, one of whose epithets is sindhumdtard 'having sindhuas their mother' (RV 1.
Secondly, the Asvins are known for their ability to save others, especially from drowning: in fact, their "middle name" Nasatya (Avestan Na[eta]hai[theta]) is derived from the root *nes 'to save'.
O Sura, let the lotus-garlanded Asvins make you tasty.
Whom the Asvins sprinkled, let that sura run abundantly.
It therefore appears very likely, as has been proposed by Sen (1976: 124-27), that the trio of Asvins and their sister / wife is the model of the early Vaisnava trio consisting of two brothers connected with the colors white and black and their sister / wife.
We have seen that the female member of the early Vaisnava trio (Krsna's sister Subhadra, Rama's wife Sita) seems to continue the Goddess of Dawn (Surya / Savitri) in the trio that she forms with the two Asvins.
The answer is found at the opening of the hymn, where each pada begins with pratar in the invocation of Agni, Indra, Mitra-Varuna, the Asvins, Bhaga, etc.
93] In the structure of the whole classical ritual (episodes A-D), which is centered around an offering to the Asvins (episode D, for which suitable and probably older material is found in the Rgveda: cf.
the "honey doctrine") was disclosed to the Asvins by Dadhyanc Atharvana through the head of a horse, and in support of this statement RV 1.
This volume begins with a brief discussion of the names of the Asvins (pp.
The gods divide his body into the three pressings of the soma ritual, but they gain no success from the ritual until Makha's head, the head of the sacrifice, is restored by the Asvins.
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