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Nasatya – Vedic God – A Negator Of Truth

Nasatya is a Vedic god and the name literally means a negator of truth. They are twin deities. According to Yasaka, “One is called Son of Night, and the other Son of Dawn.”

Nasatya is another name of Ashwins who were born from the nostrils of Saranyu who, as a mare, had smelt the semen of Vivasvat, which had fallen on the ground. For this reason, in art, Nasatyas are generally represented as horse headed human figures.

Nasatya corresponds to the ancient Iranian deity Nahalya and Na-sa-at-ti-ia of the Boghaz-Koi (Asia Minor) inscription dating to about 1400 BC.

Nasatya are celebrated fully in more than fifty hymns in Rig Veda and in parts of several other texts. They are addressed, implored, invited and invoked together. The most constant feature is their duplicate nature. They are young, beautiful, agile, strong, powerful, mighty and are compared with the Greek Dioscuri. They promote fertility and in many legends they are closely associated with madhu (honey).

Ushas is called their companion (Mother, according to Sayana).

The twin gods Nasatya are regarded as divine physicians. Numerous medical cures in Hindus scriptures are attributed to them. Some of them include restoring the old sage Cyavana to youth, rescued Tugra’s son Bhujyu who was abandoned in the midst of the ocean, revived Rebha who was abandoned as dead, saved sage Atri from a burning pit, restored the eyesight of Paravrija and Rijrasva, gave an iron-leg to Vispala who had lost one in the battle and so on.

The twin gods Nasatya ride a golden, three-wheeled chariot, driven by horses or birds, which move swifter than thought.

They are said to bring lovers together. Apart from their character as helpers, healers and wonder workers, their general beneficence is often praised. They give their worshipers a long, healthy, and rich life with progeny.