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KRAUNCHA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology]

A pass situated somewhere in the Himalayas, said to have been opened by a Parasurama with his arrows to make a passage from Kailasa to the southwards. The Vayu Purana attributes the splitting of the mountain to Karrtikeya. Indra and Karrtikeya had a dispute about their respective powers, and agreed to decide it by running a race round the mountain. They disagreed as to the result, and therefore appealed to the mountain, who untruly decided in favour of Indra. "Karrtikeya hurled his lance at the mountain and pierced at once it and the demon Mahisha." .

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