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SAVITRI. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology]
1. The holy verse of the Veda, commonly called Gayatri.
2. A name of Satarupa, the daughter and wife of Brahma, who is sometimes regarded as a personification of the holy verse.
3. Daughter of King Aswapati, and lover of Satyavan, whom she insisted on marrying, although she was warned by a seer that he had only one year to live. When the fatal day arrived, Satyavan went out to cut wood, and she followed him. There he fell, dying, to the earth, and she, as she supported him, saw a figure, who told her that he was Yama, king of the dead, and that he had come for her husband's spirit. Yama carried off the spirit towards the shades, but Savitri followed him. Her devotion pleased Yama, and he offered her any boon except the life of her husband. She extorted three such boons from Yama, but still she followed him, and he was finally constrained to restore her husband to life.

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