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By Swami Harshananda

Asikni literally means ‘the non-white one’.

Asikni was one of the rivers often mentioned in the Rgveda which has been identified with the modern Chenab river in the Punjab. The same river was also called Candra- bhāgā in later literature.

According to the purāṇas, Asikni (or Vīriṇi) was the daughter of Pañcajana Brahmā (also known as Vīraṇa) and was married to Dakṣa. She bore him sons called Haryaśvas (who were 10,000 in number) and Sabalāśvas (who were 1000) and sixty daughters.


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