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A Vedic goddess personifying death, destruction, decay, and misfortune. She is evoked as a close relative of adharma and hiṃsā, and as the mother of Death (Mṛtyu), whose direction (the South/Southwest) she rules over. Sometimes a male equivalent (Nirṛta/Nairṛta) is found with the same characteristics.

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