In Hinduism
Hinduism is the predominant and indigenous religious tradition of the Indian Subcontinent. Hinduism is known to its followers as , amongst many other expressions...

, Vamadeva is the name of the preserving aspect of the God Siva
Shiva is a major Hindu deity, and is the destroyer god or transformer among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine. God Shiva is a yogi who has notice of everything that happens in the world and is the main aspect of life. Yet one with great power lives a life of a...

, one of five aspects of the universe he embodies. On a panchamukha (five-faced) Sivalingam, Vamadeva appears on the right hand side. This face/aspect of Śiva is considered the peaceful, graceful and poetic one — the lord of the female aspect of it is associated with water.

Vamadeva is also the name of a rishi
Rishi denotes the composers of Vedic hymns. However, according to post-Vedic tradition, the rishi is a "seer" to whom the Vedas were "originally revealed" through states of higher consciousness. The rishis were prominent when Vedic Hinduism took shape, as far back as some three thousand years...

, credited with most of Mandala 4
Mandala 4
The fourth Mandala of the Rigveda has 58 hymns, mainly to Agni and Indra. It is one of the "family books" , the oldest core of the Rigveda....

 of the Rigveda
The Rigveda is an ancient Indian sacred collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns...


The Brahman splits into male (Parashiva) and female (Parasakti) and manifests as the universe. The parashiva has five aspects:
  1. Sadyojata — west-aspect that propagates manifest brahman; associated with brahma; represents earth.
  2. Vamadeva — north-aspect that sustains manifest Brahman; associated with Vishnu; represents water
  3. Aghora — south-aspect that rejuvenates manifest Brahman; associated with Rudra; represents fire
  4. Tatpurusha — east-aspect that reveals; associated with Rishi, Muni, Jnani, yogi; represents air
  5. Isana — internal-aspect that conceals; associated with all that exist; represents ether.


The name comes from Sanskrit vāma = "left", which is the seat of the Śakti and normally associated with beauty and the female, and deva = "God".

As a God's name it is a karmadharaya and means "beautiful God".

As a man's name it is probably a bahuvrihi
A bahuvrihi compound is a type of compound that denotes a referent by specifying a certain characteristic or quality the referent possesses. A bahuvrihi is exocentric, so that the compound is not a hyponym of its head...

and means "he whose God is beautiful".
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