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Story of Birth of Soma in Hindu Scriptures

As per a popular story in the Hindu scriptures, Soma, the medicinal herb and moon god, mentioned, in the Vedas is the son of Anasuya wife of Sage Atri. As per many Puranas, Anasuya was famous for her single-minded devotion towards her husband. She upheld the Pativrata Dharma.

Once, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva arrived at the ashram to test here Pativrata. The Trimurtis who were well aware about the devotion of Anasuya came down on earth to satisfy their spouses who were jealous of Anasuya.

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (Trimurtis) tried to entice Anasuya but all their efforts were futile.

Pleased with her Pativrata Dharma, Trimurtis offered to grant her whatever she wanted. She prayed that the three deities be born as her sons.

Thus Dattatreya, Soma and Durvasa were born as amshavatara or partial incarnations of Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva respectively.

Thus Soma plant is an avatar of Brahma.

Soma became the representative deity of medicinal herbs. The origin of the moon-clan or Chandravamsha is traced to Soma.