From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Jit Majumdar
- intelligent; wise
- a son of Soma, a descendant of the ŗşi Atri, the husband of Ila, the father of Purūravās, and the regent of the planet Mercury (M. Bh.), the god of trade and commerce and the patron of merchants and entrepreneurs. He represents intelligence, intellect, communication, analysis, the senses (especially the skin), science, mathematics, business, education, research, the written word, and journeys and adventures of all types. He rules over the lunar mansions of Aśleşā, Jyeşţhā, and Revatī.