By Swami Harshananda
According to Vedic mythology as depicted in the Ṛgveda Saramā was a bitch in heaven belonging to Indra. When a group of demons called paṇis stole the cows of heaven, Indra sent her on a search mission. She successfully accomplished the task that led to Indra attacking the paṇis and recovering the cows. Her two issues, the dogs Sārameyas, were employed as the doorkeepers of Yama, the god of death.
Saramā, wife of Vibhiṣaṇa
Saramā was also the name of the wife of Vibhiṣaṇa, the youngest brother of Rāvaṇa. She was the daughter of a gandharva named Sailuṣa. She helped Sitā in many ways in the days of her captivity in Laṅkā.
- Ṛgveda 10.108
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore