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DHENUKA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A demon killed by Balarama. Krishna and Balarama, as boys, picked some fruit in a grove belonging to Dhenuka, when he took the form of an ass, and running to the spot began to kick Balarama. The young hero seized him by the heels, whirled him round till he was dad, and cast his carcase on to the top of a palm-tree. Several of his companions who ran to his assistance were treated in the same way, so that "the trees were laden with dead asses."

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