Diti agreed at this condition and during gestation, she observed the rules of mental and personal purity. Indra was aware of what was going on and tried to prevent it. In the last year of her gestation, one night Diti retired to sleep without performing the prescribed ablution of her feet and fell asleep.
At this, the thunderer god Indra divided the embryo in her womb into seven portions. The child thus mutilated and cried bitterly. Lord Indra could not console and silence the child. So, he divided each of the seven portions of the embryo into seven and thus formed the swift-moving deities called Maruts (winds).
As per this myth, Lord Indra destroyed the unborn child of Diti with his thunder-bolt, from which afterwards came the Maruts or gods of wind and storm.
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