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is a goddess of the forest
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s and the animal
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s that dwell within them.
Aranyani has the distinction of having one of the most descriptive hymns in the Rig Veda dedicated to her, in which she is described as being elusive, fond of quiet glades in the jungle, and fearless of remote places. In the hymn, the supplicant entreats her to explain how she wanders so far from the fringe of civilisation without becoming afraid or lonely. She wears anklets with bells, and though seldom seen, she can be heard by the tinkling of her anklets. She is also described as a dancer. Her worship has declined in modern day Hinduism, and it is rare to find a temple dedicated to Aranyani.