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THE DEITIES AND MINOR DEITIES,
THE TERMS USED IN THE WORSHIP AND CEREMONIES, 810. OF THE HINDUS.
Ahilya, the wife of the rishi Gotama, seduced by Indra. (See Indra.)
Airavat, the elephant of Indra, produced at the churning of the ocean.
Alaca, the residence or heaven of Kuvera.
111100, a raw hide used by the Rajpoots, with which they cover themselves to assert their claim to a disputed property, p. 284.
Amara Dasu, a leader of the Shikhs, p. 229.
Ambha Matha, a Jaina Devi worshipped in Marwar and its neighbourhood. “ The temples erected to her (the ruins of which possess great beauty,) are to be seen in the wildest parts of the high mountains with which Marwar abounds."
Ambea, the mother of the Curas (see Pandus, p. 248.)
Ambika, a name of Parvati.
Bazeegurs, p. 312.
Bedas, p. 368.
Behyu Baji, a deity worshipped by the Bheels to obtain rain.
Bhagisree, a name of Bhavani in western
Bhagiswar, a name of Mahadeo or Siva.
Bhallae, an instrument of the spade kind used in sacrifice.
Bhanu, one of the Ahityas, a name of the sun.
Bharadwaji, one of the Rishees.
Bhavani or Bowanee, the consort of Siva, a name of Parvati, p. 96.
Bheels, (The) p. 261.
Bhillet, a hill god, worshipped by the Bheels, p. 270.
Bhyru, p. 73.
Bbyrus, colossal figures seen at the entrances
Bile-la Poison. One of the things produced at the churning of the ocean, which Siva is said to have drank. The Saivas allege that he did so to save the gods, and that, in con‘ sequence, his throat was turned blue ; hence his name of Nilakantha (or bluethroated) ; but the Vishnaivas assert that it was from jealousy in consequence of Vishnu possessing Lakshmi.
Bilva, a flower sacred to Siva. Chaplets of
I them are worn by him, and are also used in sacrifices.
Binlang. Stones found in the Narmada, which are worshipped as emblems of Siva.
Birth, second (or twice born). These are
the purpose of driving away flies, musquitoes, and other insects. They are usually seen in the hands of the attendants
of the gods,
Chamconda Mata, the goddess of harvest,
worshipped by the Bheels. The first of every grain is sacred to her.
Chandica, one of the Sactis, sprung from the body of Devi. (See Sactis, p. 121.)
Chandra, or Soma, p. 131.
Chandra Hasa, a kind of axe used in sacrifice.
Chunk, the buocinum or wreathed shell, one of the emblems of Vishnu. It is much prized throughout India. When the convolutions are many, it is highly estimated. In fig. 2, pl. 5, an animal resembling a fox is issuing from one; and in 7, pl. 38, illustrative of one of the Japanese idols, the form of a youth appears rising from a shell; this is probably the shell-king of the Siamese.
Charga, an axe used in sacrifice.
Charons, Rajpoot priests, p. 277.
Chawrie. (See Chamara.)
Chaya (shade), the consort of Surya.
Chila, or Chela, a pupil or disciple of a saint or guru.
Chz'nnu Mustuka, p. 94.
Choitunya, p. 240.
Chundee, a vindictive form of Durga or Parvati. (See Parvati.)
Cinnaras, forms half human, half equine, having the latter sometimes the upper, and sometimes the lower part of the figure.
Cochin Chinese, p. 369.