Ashwini Kumaras | Asvins | Twin Vedic Gods of Medicine

Ashwini Kumaras

Ashwini Kumaras

Asvins, also known as Ashwini Kumaras , in Hindu tradition, are twin gods. Aswini Devas are Divine healers and they are the gods of Ayurvedic Medicine. They are also described in the Rigveda and Varaha Purana and in many other Puranas.

Ashwini Kumaras have Horse ‘s face and are reported to be very handsome and good natured devas. They heal and prevent misfortune.They are the sons of Surya and his wife Shangya. They were born, when Surya and Shangya took the form of horse and coupled with each other.


Nasatya is the god of health and Dasra is the god of medicine. They symbolise the shining of sunrise and sunset, and appears in the sky before the dawn in a golden chariot, brings treasures to men and prevents misfortune and sickness. They are the doctors of the gods and are the divine devas of Ayurvedic medicine. They are represented as humans with the horse heads.

Mention in Ancient Texts

The Ashwins are an instance of the European horse twins.

The Ashwins are mentioned 376 times in the Rigveda, with 57 hymns specifically dedicated to them.

Indian holy books like the Mahabharata and the Puranas, relate that the Ashwini Kumar twins, were the royal physicians to the Devas during Vedic times. In the epic Mahabharata, King Pandu’s wife Madri is granted a son by each Ashvini kumara and bears the twins Nakula and Sahadeva who, are known as the Pandavas.


Let us worship the great Ashwini Kumaras, who are the sons of the bright Surya bhagawan, and who are the divine healers in Ayurvedic medicine. Let us pray to them for giving us a good health and a good fortune in our life.

Let us chant their nama and live a long and healthy and happy life.



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