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STOP IT, BRYNNE! Father will not be pleased.

–Hanuman, Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Vayu (pronounced "VAH-yoo") is the Hindu god of the wind as well as the father of Hanuman, the monkey-faced demigod, and Bhima, the second-oldest Pandava brother.[1]


Vayu was born out of the breath of Purusha, the primal human. He lost some of his power when he was expelled from Mount Meru, the home of the gods. In retaliation, he attacked the mountain, Garuda, the king of birds and mount of Vishnu tried to resist but failed. Vayu tore the tip of the mountain off and threw it into the ocean where it eventually became Sri Lanka.[2] The Maruts were said to have been born from his belly. Vayu was the first one to ever drink Soma, he shared it with Indra.

When Indra struck Hanuman for mistaking the sun for a fruit, Vayu got so upset that he went to sulk in a cave. As a result, all the air on the planet was sucked away, he wouldn't leave until all the gods apologized and brought him back to life.

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His celestial mace

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Vayu's statue during the claiming ceremony of Aru Shah and Mini, Aru didn't think having him as her spiritual father would be so bad. But he turned out to be Indra instead while Mini's was Dharma Raja.

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When Aru and Min fight Brynne Rao at the Night Bazaar, they lifted up into the air and Brynne receives his wind mace. Before this happens, the Council of Guardians arrive, including Hanuman who Brynne that their father would not be please. When Aru found out that told Brynne was the reincarnation of Bhima, she realized that Hanuman was talking about Vayu.


Vayu's statue was dark-skinned and looked like the handsome star of a Bollywood film. He held a spinning flag that heralded the directions.


  • Aerokinesis: As the god of the wind, he has divine authority and complete control over air.


  • Vayu's name is derived from a Sanskrit word which means "blower."[3]
  • His mount is a gazelle.
  • Vayu is often associated with Rudra, the god of storms and the hunt.
  • His Greek equivalent is Aeolus.
  • His Egyptian equivalent is Shu.


  1. Aru Shah and the End of Time, Glossary, p. 276
  2. Myths and Legends: An Illustrated Guide to Their Origins and Meanings by Philip Wilkinson
Pandava Quintet
Books: Aru Shah and the End of Time | Aru Shah and the Song of Death | Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes | Aru Shah and the City of Gold | Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality
Main Characters: Aru Shah | Mini | Brynne Rao | Nikita | Sheela | Kara | Aiden Acharya | Sleeper | Meenakshi | Takshaka | Rudy
Council of Guardians: Boo | Urvashi | Hanuman | Jambavan | Uloopi | Kubera | Surasa
Secondary Characters: Krithika P. Shah | Palace of Illusions | Durvasa | Navdeep | Hira | Opal | Ravana
Minor Characters: Pandavas | Arielle Reddy | Poppy Lopez | Burton Prater | Brahmasura | Valmiki | Shukra | Gandhari | Shakuntula | Rambha | Jaya and Vijaya | Rahuketu | Garuda | Kadru | Uttanka | Shikhandi
Devas: Indra | Dharma Raja | Vayu | Ashvins | Vishnu (Mohini, Narasimha, Rama, and Krishna) | Shiva | Chitrigupta | Ganesh | Lakshmi | Ritus | Kamadeva | Varuni | Varuna | Ratri | Ushas | Agni | Brahma | Maruts | Aranyani | Vishwakarma | Surya | Yamuna | Chandra | Rohini | Shani | Saranyu | Chhaya
Creatures: Makara | Asura | Chakora | Naga | Rakshasa | Vahanas | Ek and Do | Timingala | Time | Wish | Zombie | Apsara | Yaksha | Yali | Vanara
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