Aruṇa (Aruna) is a distinguished Nāga(Naga; Snake). When in Prabhāsakṣtra (Prabhasakshetra), Valarāma (Valarama)– the incarnation of Śeṣanāga (Sesanaga) ended his mortal life by Yogic power, a thousand-hooded snake came out of his body and got merged into the sea. At that time, to welcome him, Aruṇa was present along with Varuṇa (Varuna), the god of water and other distinguished members of the Nāga community.