2491 Tvashtri, was discovered on February 15, 1977 by William Sebok at Palomar Mountain Observatory. It has a period of 2 years, 209 days.

It was named for Tvashtri (or Tvastar), the builder of the universe and lord of construction and creativity in Hindu cosmogony; he is called upon by people who want children.

The meaning of asteroid Tvashtri seems to be: construction, divine plan, ideas of the universe's nature and origin.

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