# Vāmadeva

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vamadeva, VAmadeva, Vaamadeva

## Attributes of Sage Vāmadeva

Vāmadeva is a sage well-known in the Upaniṣads. He is described in various upanisads as follows:

- The Aitareya Upaniṣad
^{[1]}says he had realized the ātman even while in the womb of his mother. - The Brhadāranyaka Upaniṣad
^{[2]}declares that the sage Vāmadeva realized Brahman and hence his identity with Manu and Surya. - The Rāma-purvatāpanī Upaniṣad
^{[3]}describes that Rāma was worshiped by great sages like Vasiṣṭha and Vāmadeva. - According to the Śivapurāṇa
^{[4]}he learnt about Praṇava from Kumārasvāmi^{[5]}and taught it to other sages. - Ātreya was his disciple.

## Aspects of Vāmadeva

Vāmadeva is also one of the five aspects of Śiva.

## References

- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore