- Sanskrit: name for Mars, the red planet, in Hindu texts.
- Also known as Lohit aka ‘red” the god of war,
- Some origins vary he is the son of Bhumi, the Earth Goddess and Vishnu, born when he raised her from the depths of water in Varaha avatar.
- In others he is born from Shiva’s sweat or blood drop
- He is four-armed and painted red flames carrying a trident
- He rides a ram and presides over (Tuesday).