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DILIPA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] Son of Ansumat and father of Bhagiratha. He was of the solar race and ancestor of Rama. On one occasion he failed to pay due respect to Surabhi, the `cow of fortune,' and she passed a curse upon him that he should have no offspring until he and his wife Sudakshina had carefully tended Surabhi's daughter Nandini. They obediently waited on this calf Nandini, and Dilipa once offered his own life to save hers from the lion of Siva. In due time the curse was removed, and a son, Raghu, was born to them. This story is told in the Raghuvansa. There was another prince of the name.

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