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In Greek mythology, Adrasteia (also spelled Adrastia, Adrastea, Adrestea, Adastreia) was a nymph who was charged by Rhea to raise the infant Zeus in secret to protect him from his father Cronus (Krónos). Adrasteia and her sister Ida, the nymph of Mount Ida, who also cared for the infant Zeus, were perhaps the daughters of Melisseus.
This name means "inescapable."
It's an epithet used for both Nemesis and Anankê (Necessity).
Adrasteia is the feminine form of Greek Adrastos, commonly known to mean "Inescapable" and/or "Not Running Away." In Greek mythology, this is the name of a nymph who cared for the infant Zeus, and is also an epithet belonging to the goddess Nemesis.
Native spelling: Ἀδράστεια.
In Sanskrit we have the root "Drs" meaning "to see" "eye" "observe" from this we get "Drsta" meaning "seen" "appeared" "visible". The addition of the prefix "A" creates "Adrsta" meaning "unseen" "unforeseen" "destiny". This I feel is reflected in the Greek "Adrestea" who was known as the "distributor of rewards and punishments" and whose name meant "she from whom there is no escape". It seems that this is a description of "fate" "destiny" "karma" which is the meaning of the Sanskrit "Adrsta" the "unseen hand of karma".
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