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DHUNDHU. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] An Asura who harassed the sage Uttanka in his devotions. The demon hid himself beneath a sea of sand, but was dug out and killed by King Kuvalayaswa and his 21,000 sons, who were undeterred by the flames which checked their progress, and were all killed but three. This legend probably originated from a volcano or some similar phenomenon. From this exploit Kuvalayaswa got the name of Dhundhumara, 'slayer of Dhundhu.'

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