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

Wife of King Saudasa or Kalmashapada.

She was allowed to consort with the sage Vasishtha. According to some this was a meritorious act on the king's part and a favour to Vasishtha; according to others it was for the sake of obtaining progeny.

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