• WordNet 3.6
    • n Varuna in Vedism, god of the night sky who with his thousand eyes watches over human conduct and judges good and evil and punishes evildoers; often considered king of the Hindu gods and frequently paired with Mitra as an upholder of the world
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Varuna vȧ*rṳ"nȧ (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Varuna In Hind, myth., a deity represented in the Vedic hymns as of very great and manifold powers—the guardian of immortality, cherisher of truth, the seizer and punisher of ill-doers, the forgiver of sins, protector of the good, and the like. Latterly he became the god of waters. He is represented later as a white-skinned man, four-armed, riding on a water-monster, generally with a noose in one of his hands and a club in another, with which he seizes and punishes the wicked.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Varuna var′ōō-na an ancient Indian Vedic god of heaven and day—latterly, rather the deity that rules over the waters.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Skr. Varuṇa,


In literature:

Varuna becomes cruel on occasion, and hostile.
"Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1" by Andrew Lang
So that, for instance, Varuna was at one time the god of the ocean, and at another of the sky.
"Pantheism, Its Story and Significance" by J. Allanson Picton
I am Varuna, the lord of waters.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
Partha obtained this beautiful bow from Varuna.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4" by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
And he also saw that the abode of Varuna had become blood-red.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
May Indra then, Varuna, Mitra, Agni, the waters, the plants, the trees of the forest be pleased with us.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
The Varuna fired a broadside into us instead of the enemy.
"The Bay State Monthly - Volume 1, Issue 4 - April, 1884" by Various
And many denizens of the lower regions and the world of Varuna were killed.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Or art thou Alamvusha, or Misrakesi, Pundarika, or Malini, or the queen of Indra, or of Varuna?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
It may be that Ea-Oannes and Varuna were of common origin.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
He extinguishes the flame with his weapon dedicated to Varuna, the god of the waters.
"Tales from the Hindu Dramatists" by R. N. Dutta
URANOS and Varuna, 201.
"India: What can it teach us?" by F. Max Müller
The Union vessel "Varuna" also did daring work, and naturally these two ships met in desperate conflict.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Several of the gunboats were considerably injured, but none of them lost except the Varuna.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
The Varuna fired a broadside into us instead of into the enemy.
"Admiral Farragut" by A. T. Mahan
But the loftiest of all the Vedic gods is Varuna, the great serene luminous heaven.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
Varuna, an Aryan god, 125.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
He called on Varuna, the god of water, to give him some land.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
We will turn to the great God Varuna.
"Evolution of Life and Form" by Annie Wood Besant
The god of the upper air is with the Aryas Varuna, the Uranos of the Greeks.
"The History of Antiquity, Volume IV (of 6)" by Max Duncker

In poetry:

Then knew each rapt inebriate
A winged and glorious birth,
Soared upward, with strange joy elate,
Beat, with dazed head, Varuna's gate,
And, sobered, sank to earth.
"The Brewing Of Soma" by John Greenleaf Whittier