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AMBA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Mother.'

The eldest daughter of a king of Kasi. She and her sisters Ambika and Ambalika were carried off by Bhishma to be the wives of Vichitravirya.

Amba had been previously betrothed to a Raja of Salwa, and Bhishma sent her to him, but the Raja rejected her because she had been in another man's house.

She retired to the forest and engaged in devotion to obtain revenge of Bhishma. Siva favoured her, and promised her the desired vengeance in another birth. Then she ascended the pile and was born again as Sikhandin, who slew Bhishma.  


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