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TRYARUNA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A king, son of Trivrishan, of the race of Ikshwaku. He was riding in a chariot which Vrisa, his purohita or family priest, was driving. The vehicle passed over and killed a Brahman boy, and a question arose as to who was responsible for the death. The question was referred to an assembly of the Ikshwakus, and they decided it against Vrisa. The purohit by his prayers then restored the boy to life, and being very angry with them for what he deemed partiality, "fire henceforth ceased to perform its functions in their dwellings, and the cooking of their food and other offices ceased." The Ikshwakus appeased him, and upon his prayers the use of fire was restored to them. This story is told by Sayana in elucidation of a Vedic allusion, and he quotes the Satyayana Brahmana as the authority.

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