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By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Bhanu, BhAnu, Bhaanu

  1. appearance; form
  2. glory; fame; light; master lord
  3. a son of Kŗşņa and Satyabhāmā and the father of Vajra (Bhāg. Pur.); son of Dyau and the preceptor of Sūrya (M. Bh.); a gāndharva son of Kaśyapa and Pŗthā (M. Bh.); the king of Ratnapuri and the father of the tīrthańkara Dharmanātha (J.S. Kośa); another name for Sūrya and Śiva.