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HAYAGRIVA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Horse-necked.' According to one legend, a Daitya who stole the Veda as it slipped out of the mouth of Brahma while he was sleeping at the end of a kalpa, and was killed by Vishnu in the Fish Avatara. According to another, Vishnu himself, who assumed this form to recover the Veda, which had been carried off by two Daityas.

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