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

In the Vedas, a demon, also called a Dasyu, who fought against King Divodasa, but was defeated and had his many castles destroyed by Indra.

He appears to be a mythical personification of drought, of a kindred character to Vritra, or identical with him.

In the Puranas a Daitya who carried off Pradyumna and threw him into the sea, but was subsequently slain by him.

He was also employed by Hiranyakasipu to destroy Prahlada.

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