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

A king of the Lunar race, son of Pratipa, father of Bhishma, and in a way the grandfather of Dhritarashtra and Pandu. (See Mahabharata.)

Regarding him it is said, "Every decrepit man whom he touches with his hands becomes young." He was called Satyavach, 'truth-speaker,' and was remarkable for his "devotion and charity, modesty, constancy, and resolution."

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