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Kāliya


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A nāga king, prominent in the mythology of Kṛṣṇa's childhood, where he appears as a five-headed serpent, living in the Yamunā river near Vṛndāvana. The child-god overcomes him by dancing on his middle head, and subsequently banishes him. A version of the story is related in the Bhāgavata Purāṇa (10.1.16). It is also celebrated in the South Indian festival of Nāga Pañcamī.

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