Ushas (उषः úṣas-), Sanskrit for "dawn", is the chief goddess (sometimes imagined as several goddesses, Dawns) exalted in the Rigveda. She is portrayed as a beautifully adorned, sexually attractive young woman riding in a chariot.
The worship of Dawn a goddess *Hausos among the Proto-Indo-Europeans is also reflected by the Greek goddess Eos and by RomanAurora.
Twenty out of 1028 hymns in the Rigveda are dedicated to Dawn: Book 7 has seven hymns, books 4–6 have two hymns each, and the younger books 1 and 10 have six and one respectively.
Ushas is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
In mythological symbolism they are "the bright harbingers of Ushas, the dawn", who are "ever young and handsome, bright, agile, swift as falcons", who "prepare the way for the brilliant dawn to those who have patiently awaited through the night".
The sky was designated the father (dyaush-pita); the earth, the mother (dyava-prithivi); and ushas (dawn) the daughter.
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