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NARAYANA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology]

1. The son of Nara, the original man, and often identified or coupled with Nara.

2. The creator Brahma, who, according to Manu, was so called because the waters (nara) were his first ayana or place of motion. The name is found for the first time in the Satapatha Brahmana.

The name as commonly used applies to Vishnu, and is that under which he was first worshipped.


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