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YAVAKRI, YAVAKRITA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Bought with barley.' Son of the sage Bharadwaja. He performed great penances in order to obtain a knowledge of the Vedas without study, and having obtained this and other boons from Indra, he became arrogant and treated other sages with disrespect. He made love to the wife of Paravasu, son of his father's friend, Raibhya. That sage in his anger performed a sacrifice which brought into being a fearful Rakshasa who kill Yavakrita at his father's chapel. Bharadwaja, in grief for his son, burnt himself upon the funeral pile. Before his death he cursed Paravasu to be the death of his father, Raibhya, and the son killed his father in mistake for an antelope. All three were restored to life by the gods in recompense of the great devotions of Arvavasu, the other son of Raibhya (q.v.). - Mahabharata.

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