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GAUTAMA [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology]

A name of the sage Saradwat, as son of Gotama. He was husband of Ahalya, who was seduced by Indra.

This seduction has been explained mythologically as signifying the carrying away of night by the morning sun, Indra being the sun, and Ahalya being explained as meaning night.

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