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As suggested by his name, a horse-headed figure who first appears in the Mahābhārata and the Purāṇas. One group of stories recounts how, as a daitya, he steals the Vedas from Brahmā, dives to the bottom of the ocean, and is killed by Viṣṇu in his Matsya avatāra; another group identifies him as the saviour of the Vedas, and assimilates him to Vaiṣṇavism as the eighteenth avatāra of Viṣṇu himself.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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