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BANA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A Daitya, eldest son of Bali, who had a thousand arms.

He was a friend of Siva and enemy of Vishnu. His daughter Usha fell in love with Aniruddha, the grandson of Krishna, and had him conveyed to her by magic art.

Krishna, Balarama, and Pradyumna went to the rescue, and were resisted by Bana, who was assisted by Siva and Skanda, god of war. Siva was overpowered by Krishna; Skanda was wounded; and the many arms of Bana were cut off by the missile weapons of Krishna.

Siva then interceded for the life of Bana, and Krishna granted it. He is called also Vairochi.

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