Hymn to Uṣas


The goddess Usas – the personification of dawn – is perceived as a beautiful young woman born in heaven, who with her glow disperses the darkness and bestows to all creatures protection, prosperity and long life. The goddess is often invoked by the vedic seers in order to provide them with poetic glory and abundant sacrificial reward. Even though there are only 20 hymns dedicated to Usas in the Rigveda, her importance within the cosmogonic myth is crucial. Her shine pervades the whole wide space and is the very first condition for the creation of the Cosmos.