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The Thirty-three gods is a pantheon of Hindu deities, some of Vedic origin and some developed later. It generally includes a set of 31 deities consisting of 12 Ādityas, 11 Rudras, and 8 Vasus; the identity of the other two deities that fill out the 33 varies, though their roles are generally a creator deity, presiding over procreation and protector of life and the 33rd is an all powerful supreme ruler.
The 31 are:
- Twelve Ādityas (Sun gods, This list sometimes varies in particulars.)
- Eleven Rudras, consisting of:
- Eight Vasus (Elementals. Other sources like the Vedas include the two Aśvins, or Nāsatyas, twin solar deities.)
Prajāpati "Master of creatures", the creator [Prajāpati "Master of creatures", the creator is Brahma who resides over the thirty three.]
The generic title, though not the particular names of the deities, was borrowed in Buddhist sources as a name for the heaven "of the Thirty-three gods" (Trāyastriṃśa).
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