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REVATI. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] Daughter of King Raivata and wife of Balarama. She was so beautiful that her father, thinking no one upon earth worthy of her, repaired to the god Brahma to consult him about a husband. Brahma delived a long discourse on the glories of Vishnu, and directed Raivata to proceed to Dwaraka, where a portion of Vishnu was incarnate in the person of Balarama. Ages had elapsed while Raivata was in heaven without his knowledge. When he returned to earth, "he found the race of men dwindled in stature, reduced in vigour, and enfeebled in intellect." He went to Balarama and gave him Revati, but that hero, "beholding the damsel of excessively lofty height, he shortened her with the end of his ploughshare, and she became his wife." She had two sons. Revati is said to have taken part with her husband in his drinking bouts.

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