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MANDAPALA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A childless saint, who, according to the Mahabharata, after long perseverance in devotion and asceticism, died and went to the abode of Yama. His desires being still unsatisfied, he inquired the cause, and was told that all his devotions had failed because he had no son, no putra (put, 'hell,' tra, 'drawer'), to save him from hell. He then assumed the form of a species of bird called Sarngika, and by a female of that species, who was called Jarita, he had four sons.

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