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Baka (Vaka)

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VAKA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'A crane.' A great Asura who lived near the city of Ekachakra, and forced the Raja of the place to send him daily a large quantity of provisions, which he devoured, and not only the provisions, but the men who carried them. Under the directions of Kunti, her son Bhima took the provisions, and when the demon struck him, a terrific combat followed; each one tore up trees by the roots and belaboured the other, till Bhima seized the demon by the legs and tore him asunder. Kuvera is sometimes called by this name.

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