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

Name of a demon who lived in the sea in the form of a conch-shell. He seized the son of Sandipani, under whom Krishna learnt the use of arms. Krishna rescued the boy, killed the demon, and afterwards used the conch-shell for a horn.

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

Krishna's conch, formed form the shell of the sea-demon Panchajana.

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