Pushan

Pushan

For the port city in Korea, see Pusan

Pushan, also known as Puchan, is the Hindu god of meeting. Puchan was responsible for marriages, journeys, roads, and the feeding of cattle. He was a psychopomp, conducting souls to the other world. He protected travelers from bandits and wild beasts, and protected men from being exploited by other men. He was a supportive guide, a "good" god, leading his adherents towards rich pastures and wealth. He carried a golden lance, a symbol of activity.

In Puranas he is said to one of the twelve Aditi's sons. Aditi’s twelve sons as narrated in Purana's are Surya, Aryama, Pushan, Tvashta, Savita, Bhaga, Dhata, Vidhata, Varuna, Mitra, Indra, and Lord Vamana.

Pūsan is praised in eight hymns in the Rigveda.

Some of these hymns appeal to him to guard livestock and find lost livestock. His chariot is pulled by goats. Sometimes he is described as driving the Sun in its course across the sky. His name is Sanskrit for "he who causes people to thrive". He seems to represent the sun as a guardian of flocks and herds.

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