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Encyclopedia of Hindu Gods


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Basic Description:  '>God of Venus, one of the Nine Planets.

Alternate Names:  Sukra

History/Practices:  The Hindu name for the day Friday, Sukravara, isnamed after him.  Urumbasa is sacred toShukra.

Mythology:  Blindness Myth: While Vishnu was in the form of a dwarf he visited Bali.  Shukra understood who the dwarf was and asked Bali to send him away.  Bali ignoredShukra’s request and granted the request of the dwarf instead.  Bali wasrequired to pour water from a vessel, but Shukra knew it was a trick and so heentered the water to protect his master and held the water in the vessel.  Vishnu saw through this trick and put a strawin the vessel, poking Shukra in the eye. Shukra then came out and was forever blind in one eye from the straw.


Thomas, P.  Epics, Myths and Legends of India.  Bombay, India: D. B. Taraporevala Sons & Co. Private Ltd, 1961.

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