Aniruddha

(‘unobstructed’)

Aniruddha was the son of Pradyumna and grandson of Kṛṣṇa. Uṣā, the daughter of Bāṇāsura, fell in love with him and got him magically transported to her palace. Though Bāṇāsura discovered it and tried his best to destroy him, he did not succeed. Ultimately Aniruddha and Uṣā were married.

The Bhāgavata or the Pāñcarātra cult (a form of Vaiṣṇavism) considers Aniruddha as one of the four vyūhas or emanations of Lord Viṣṇu. (See CATURVYŪHAS.) Symbolically, he represents the cosmic mind.

See also PĀÑCARĀTRA ĀGAMA.