Aryaman (Sanskrit: अर्यमन्‌, pronounced as “aryaman”; nominative singular is aryama) is one of the early Vedic Hindu deities

His name signifies “Life-Partner”, “close friend”, “Partner”, “play-fellow” or “companion”

He is the third son of Aditi, the mother of the Adityas and is depicted as the mid-morning sun disk

He is the deity of customs, and rules over the customs that rule the various Vedic tribes and peoples

In the Rigveda, Aryaman is described as the protector of mares, and the Milky Way (aryamṇáḥ pánthāḥ) is said to be his path

Aryaman is commonly invoked together with Varuna-Mitra, Bhaga, Bṛhaspati, and other Adityas and Asuras

According to Griffith, the Rigveda also suggests that Aryaman is a supreme deity alongside Mitra and Varuna

According to the Rig Veda, Indra, who is traditionally considered the most important deity in the Rig Veda, is asked to obtain boons and gifts from Aryaman

Hindu marriage oaths are administered with an invocation to Aryaman being the witness to the event

Aryaman also is the deity of the customs of hospitality