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KALAYAVANA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] (Lit. 'Black Yavana,' Yavana meaning a Greek or foreigner.)

A Yavana or foreign king who led an army of barbarians to Mathura against Krishna. That hero lured him into the cave of the mighty Muchukunda, who being disturbed from sleep by a kick from Kalayavana, cast a fiery glance upon him and reduced him to ashes.

This legend appears to indicate an invasion from the Himalayas. According to the Vishnu Purana and Harivansa, Kalayavana was the son of a Brahman named Ganga, who had an especial spite against the Yadavas, and was begotten by him on the wife of a childless Yavana king.

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