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[to Whom the twenty-fifth day of March, day 084, is dedicated]
Geography/Culture: Hindustan: Vedic.
Linguistic Note: perhaps from vas to shine.
Description: Born anew each day yet ancient golden Goddess of dawn; Mistress of the days; She Who rises resplendant as from a bath; showing Her charms She comes with light; She reveals the path and bestows new life; She opens the twin doors of heaven and reveals Herself in all subduing splendour; Divine Daughter of heaven; Lady of light; Breath of life and of health; Dispeller of night evils, misery and disease; Divine Mother of the celestial order; Kindler of the Divine Fire and the Divine Will; Dawn of the light of Truth in the hearts and minds of human-beings; Good Matron; She Who comes tending everything, rousing all creatures to activity, encouraging them and assuring them of Her bounty; She Who brings in Her wake abundance of knowledge, strength, energy and health.
Invocations, Pleas, Hymns and Other Homage to HER: Usas.
To Whom Sacred: ruddy cows or ruddy horses (which draw Her chariot -- cows, horses, and chariots symbolise knowledge, strength, energy and health); saffron; She is associated with the fire-drill.
Male Associate: consort Surya, the sun.
Male Associate: Daughter of the sun-god Surya, `He-Who-Shines'.
Source: Encyc Brit v27 808; New Larousse EM; Stutley HDH 292, 314.