Agni is the god of fire. Agni dev is said to god Indra’s twin brother may be because of his immense power and vigor like Indra. There are controversies about his parents.
Some say Dyaus Pita and Prithvi are his parents whereas according to some Kasyapa and Aditi are his parents; still other believes Agni originated from from lotus created by Brahma. He is considered only next to Indra according to Hindu mythology.
The Vedic scriptures describe Lord Agni as fiery red colored body, having three legs, seven tongues, seven hands, sharp golden teeth, two faces smeared with ghee with black eyes and wild, black hair.
The two faces are indicative of his beneficent and destructive qualities. Seven tongues represent seven rays of light radiated from his body. Ram or male sheep is his Vahan (vehicle). Some images also show him riding on a chariot which is being pulled by goats or parrots.
Lord Agni is the responsible deity for Southeast direction. The family of Agni consists of his two sisters, Dawn and Night, his wife Svaha, and son Karttikeya.
The Vedic god, Agni is the messenger of the gods and the acceptor of sacrifice as well. Agni is the spark of life that is in every living thing. Agni mediates between god and mankind. Fire always asks for some sacrifice so he is prayed and offered goodies before starting any auspicious work.
Many stories are associated with him. A story describes Agni as the son of ten mothers who happens to be all sisters and represents the ten fingers of man. Another legend depicts it as scavenger, it is said that Agni consumed his parents when he was born, because they unable to could not provide food for him.
Agni treats every human equally irrespective of being rich or poor. While making sacrifices to the gods people should face towards East, while should face South while for sacrifices to the dead and a cooking fire should always face toward the West. He is worshiped by man to increase their virility.
The three mukhi (three-faced) rudraksh bead symbolizes Lord Agni. The wearer will get rid of all sins and attain purity of thought and deed like fire that burns all impurities.
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