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SANDHYA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Twilight.' It is personified as the daughter of Brahma and wife of Siva. In the Siva Purana it is related that Brahma having attempted to do violence to his daughter, she changed herself into a deer. Brahma then assumed the form of a stag and pursued her through the sky. Siva saw this, and shot an arrow which cut off the head of the stag. Brahma then reassumed his own form and paid homage to Siva. The arrow remains in the sky in the sixth lunar mansion, called Ardra, and the stag's head remains in the fifth mansion, Mrigasiras.

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