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

A sage who dwelt in the Dandaka forest, and is said in the Ramayana to have formed a lake which was known by his name.

His austerities alarmed the gods, and Indra sent five Apsarases to beguile him from his penance of "standing in a pool and feeding on nothing but air for 10,000 years." They succeeded, and became his wives, and inhabited a house concealed in the lake, which, from them, was called Panchapsaras.

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