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Vāruṇī

The name given to slave women, attendants of Varuṇa. They live in dread of him. J.vi.500, 501. At J.vi.586 (in the Vessantara Jātaka) Vāruṇī is explained as “Vāruṇīvā’ti yakkhāviṭṭhā ikkhaṇikā,” — fortune tellers possessed by a yakkha — the yakkha being perhaps Varuṇa.

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