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HAYASIRAS, HAYASIRSHA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Horse-head.' In the Mahabharata it is recorded that the sage Aurva (q.v.) "cast the fire of his anger into the sea," and that it there "became the great Hayasiras, known to those acquainted with the Veda, which vomits forth that fire and drinks up the waters." A form of Vishnu.

In the Bhagavata Puran Brahma is represented as saying, "In my sacrifice Bhagavat himself was Hayasirsha, the male of the sacrifice, whose colour is that of gold, of whom the Vedas and the sacrifices are the substance and the gods the soul, when he respired, charming words came forth from his nostrils."

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