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Varuna \Va*ru"na\ (v[.a]*r[udd]"n[.a]), n. [Skr. Varu[.n]a.] (Hindu Myth.) The god of the waters; the Indian Neptune. He is regarded as regent of the west, and lord of punishment, and is represented as riding on a sea monster, holding in his hand a snaky cord or noose with which to bind offenders, under water.


Varuna (; Sanskrit: , Malay: Baruna) is the Hindu god of water and the celestial ocean, as well as a god of law of the underwater world. A Makara is his mount. His consort is the Hindu goddess Varuni. Originally the chief god of the Vedic pantheon, Varuna was replaced by Indra and later faded away with the ascendancy of Shiva and Vishnu.

Varuna (disambiguation)

Varuna may refer to:

  • Varuna, a Hindu god
  • Varuna (crab), a genus of thoracotrematan crabs
  • Varuna River, a river situated in India
  • Varuna Village, A village in Mysore district of India.
  • 20000 Varuna, a trans-Neptunian object
  • Varuna naval exercises, annual exercises between the French and Indian navies
  • Varuna - The Writers' House, former home of novelist Eleanor Dark and now a writers' centre in Katoomba, Australia
  • Varuna (album), debut album by indie rock band The Republic Of Wolves
  • Two US Navy ships have been named USS Varuna
  • INS Varuna, a sail training vessel of the Indian Navy
Varuna (Naval Exercise)

The annually held Varuna naval exercise is an integral part of France–India strategic relationship in the 21st century and consists of naval cooperation drills between the French Navy and the Indian Navy.

The joint-exercises are held either in the Indian Ocean or Mediterranean sea with the aim of improving Indo-French coordination on capabilities like cross-deck operations, replenishment-at-sea, minesweeping, anti-submarine warfare and information sharing.

2015 Varuna exercises will focus on theatre-level Indo-French military cooperation in aero-naval and anti-submarine warfare. A French battle-group lead by French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) and carrying aero-naval version of Rafale aircraft will operate alongside the Western Naval Command.

France is Littoral State of the Indian Ocean through the French Overseas region of Réunion, Mayotte & Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean.

The inaugural Varuna naval exercise took place in 2001.

Varuna (album)

Varuna is the debut album by the Long Island indie rock band The Republic of Wolves. It was originally released on iTunes and physically on their web store on November 30, 2010. It has also been released on vinyl record by Simple Stereo. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by guitarist/vocalist Gregg Andrew DellaRocca at his home studio and was produced by the band members themselves.

Varuna (book)

Varuna is a political literature book written and published in 1907 by German social Darwinist and racialist Willibald Hentschel. The book is named after the Hindu god Varuna. Hentschel declares the importance of racial purification of the Aryan race to history and calls for the unification of Germans in Eastern Europe into a German colony.

Usage examples of "varuna".

They even accepted the fact that their own high deities Varuna, Mithra, Rudra were, to us, devils.

Among the Aditya is Varuna, the equivalent of Uranos, whose identification with Atlantis I have shown.

Jane Williams, Victoria Hammond, and especially Gail Bell for making me feel welcome among non-sf writers at the Varuna Writers' Centre and Carol Boothman, for her wisdom.

To take one simple example: the name of the Indian god Varuna has been identified etymologically with that of the Graeco-Roman god Uranus (Greek, Ouranos), also a common noun for 'heaven'.