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Aranyani – Vedic Goddess of Forest

Goddess Aranyani is mentioned in the Rig Veda and she is the goddess of the forest. Aranyani is an invisible goddess. She is described as the spirit of the forest. She is not worshipped after the Vedic age but many similar Goddesses are worshipped throughout India.

Some scholars are of the view that Aranyani is the forest itself. Through Aranyani the forest is worshipped as the feminine aspect.

Symbolically, Aranyani is the primary source of life and fertility.

People only get to hear her voice. Her eternal presence is felt through the unknown voices from the forest.

A single hymn in the Rig Veda describes her – Rg Veda X. 146