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KALAKA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A wife of Kasyapa.

According to the Ramayana and Mahabharata she was a daughter of Daksha, but the Vishnu Purana states that she and her sister Puloma were daughters of the Danava Vaiswanara, "who were both married to Kasyapa, and bore him 60,000 distinguished Danavas, called Paulomas and Kalakanjas, who were powerful, ferocious, and cruel."

The Mahabharata states that she obtained from the deity, in reward for her severe devotion and penance, the privilege of bringing forth children without pain.

The giants or Danavas were called after her Kalakeyas.

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