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HIRANYAKASIPU. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Golden dress.' A Daitya who, according to the Mahabharata and the Puranas, obtained from Siva the sovereignty of the three worlds for a million of years, and persecuted his son Prahlada for worshipping Vishnu. He was slain by Vishnu in the Narasinha, or man-lion incarnation. He and Hiranyaksha were twin brothers and chiefs of the Daityas.

HIRANYAKSHA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Golden eye.' A Daitya who dragged the earth to the depths of the ocean. He was twin brother of Hiranyakasipu, and was killed by Vishnu in the Boar incarnation.

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