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A legendary brahmin ṛṣi, the son of Atri and Anasūyā, notorious in Purāṇic and Epic myth for his short temper. The best known episodes involving him include his cursing of Indra, which leads indirectly to the Churning of the Ocean; in the Mahabhārata, his angry prediction of Kṛṣṇa's death, and his gift of a god-summoning mantra to Kuntī; and in Kālidāsa's Abhijñānaśakuntalam his cursing of Śakuntalā, who has inadvertently kept him waiting. He is thought to be an incarnation of Śiva.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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