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1 Another name for the goddess Durgā. Iconographically, the name may be reserved for Durgā when she is seated on, or attended by, a lion or tiger. The name is also applied to Umā (Parvatī), and to goddesses in general.

2 A Jain attendant goddess, perhaps originally of independent status, who is attached to the Nemi, the twenty-second Jain tīrthaṅkara, and associated with childbirth and prosperity. Her mount is a lion.

3 Dhṛtarāṣṭra's mother in the Mahābhārata. She shut her eyes during intercourse with Vyāsa, hence her son was born blind.

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