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RISHYASRINGA. [Source: 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.

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