Dowson's Classical Dictionary
of Hindu Mythology] 'The
deer-horned.' A hermit, the son of Vibhandaka, descended from Kasyapa.
According to the Ramayana and Mahabharata he was born of a doe and had
a small horn on his forehead. He was brought up in the forest by his
father, and saw no other human being till he was verging upon manhood.
There was great drought in the country of Anga, and the king, Lomapada,
was advised by his Brahmans to send for the youth Rishyasringa, who should
marry his daughter Santa, and be the means of obtaining rain. A number
of fair damsels were sent to bring him. He accompanied them back to their
city, the desired rain fell, and he married Santa. This Santa was the
adopted daughter of Lomapada; her real father was Dasaratha, and it was
Rishyasringa who performed that sacrifice for Dasaratha which brought
about the birth of Rama.
Languages MLLL-4993. Indian Epics. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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