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...Finally, Indra killed Vritra with a thunderbolt made from the bones of the sage Dadhich. The gods rejoiced, but Indra’s troubles were far from over. As Vritra died, a ghastly woman emerged from his mouth. She was naked. She had wild hair and fangs and a terrifying demeanour. She roared as she chased Indra through the three worlds. Eventually, she found him hidden in a lotus stalk and when she enveloped him, he became totally paralysed. Terrifying creature The gods went to Brahma and asked him to secure Indra’s release from this terrible creature. He told them that the woman was Brahmahatya, the personified sin of killing a brahmin, a sin which was now attached to Indra because he had killed Vritra. Since she could not go back to where she had come from, Brahmahatya said she would release Indra if Brahma gave her a place to stay. Brahma called together all living beings — gods and humans, trees and grass and rivers — and asked each if they would give Brahmahatya a place to live. ...The Hindu on Sept. 21, 2017, 9:16 p.m.
...In the Bala Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana, which tells us the story of the great sacrifice that Dasaratha performed for the birth of his sons, Shanta was the daughter of Romapada, king of Anga. Fierce drought in Anga Anga had been stricken by a fierce drought because of Romapada’s misdeeds and only a reclusive, virginal, forest-dweller named Rishyasringa, the Horned Antelope (or, the Sage with the Horn), was capable of bringing rain to the parched land. This young man had been raised as an ascetic in the faraway woodlands and would have to be persuaded to come into the city to perform the ritual that Romapada needed. Rishyasringa is lured out of the forest by a group of seductive young women, such creatures of beauty as he had never seen before. ...The Hindu on July 6, 2017, 6:52 p.m.