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SURASA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A Rakshasi, mother of the Nagas. When Hanuman was on his flight to Lanka against Ravana, she tried to save her relative by swallowing Hanuman bodily. To avoid this Hanuman distended his body and continued to do so, while she stretched her mouth till it was a hundred leagues wide. Then he suddenly shrank up to the size of a thumb, darted through her, and came out at her right ear.

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