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1 The name of a hill in the Braj region near Mathurā. In a story told in the Bhāgavata Purāṇa and elsewhere, Kṛṣṇa hoists the hill up like a giant umbrella, and supports it on just one of his fingers for seven days. In this way he protects the cowherds and their cattle from a storm which has been summoned by the Vedic deity Indra in angry response to the cowherds transferring their devotion to Kṛṣṇa. Thanks to the latter's intervention, Indra is eventually forced to concede. It has proved a popular subject with artists.

2 (late 12th century) A prolific East Indian poet, whose Sanskrit love poetry was mixed with theistic devotion.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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