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VAITARANI. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] '(The river) to be crossed,' that is, the river of hell, which must be crossed before the internal regions can be entered.

This river is described as being filled with blood, ordure, and all sorts of filth, and to run with great impetuosity.

A second river stated by the Mahabharata to be in the country f the Kalingas; it must be the river of the same name (vulg. "Byeturnee") somewhat higher up in Cuttack.


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