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KRIPA, KRIPI. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] Wife of Drona and mother of Aswatthaman. The sage Saradwat or Gotama so alarmed Indra by his austerities that the god sent a nymph to tempt him. Though she was unsuccessful, two children were found born to the sage in a tuft of grass. King Santanu found them and brought them up out of compassion (kripa), whence their names, Kripa and Kripa. The children passed as Santanu's own. Drona was a Brahman and Santanu a Kshatriya; the myth makes Kripi as Brahmani, and so accounts for her being the wife of Drona. The Vishnu Purana representsthem as children of Satyadhriti, grandson of Saradwat by the nymph Urvasi, and as being exposed in a clump of long grass.

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