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THE UNITY OF THE VEDIC AND
Indra and Shiva
are both renowned as destroyers of demons and have terrible or wrathful forms. Indra in
the Vedas is frequently called Ugra, Ghora, and Bhima which are common names for Shiva in
later times, which mean fierce or terrible.
Shiva is said to be a non-Vedic God because he fights with Vedic Gods like Bhaga and
Pushan and destroys the sacrifice of Daksha, who is the son of Brahma or Prajapati, from
which he is excluded. Yet this Puranic myth is not entirely new.
A similar story occurs in the Brahmanas as Rudra slaying Prajapati
or Brahma with his arrow, which story is echoed in some hymns of the Rig Veda as well.
Indra similarly kills the son of Tvasta, who symbolizes the sacrifice. Tvasta is
identified with Prajapati of Brahma in Vedic and Puranic thought.