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JYAMAGHA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A king of the Lunar race, proverbial as "most eminent among husbands submissive to their wives." Saibya, his wife, was barren, but he was afraid to take another wife till, having overcome an enemy and driven him from his country, the daughter of the vanquished king became his captive. She was beautiful, and Jyamagha desired to marry her. He took her in his chariot and carried her to his palace to ask the assent of his queen. When Saibya saw the maiden, she was filled with jealousy, and angrily demanded who the "light-hearted damsel" was. The king was disconcerted, and humbly replies, "She is the young bride of the future son whom thou shall bring forth." It had ceased to be with Saibya after the manner of women, but still she bore a son who was named Vidarbha, and married the captive princess.

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