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

"Pigmy sages no bigger than a join of the thumb, chaste, pious, resplendent as the rays of the sun." So described by the Vishnu Purana, which says that they were brought forth by Samnati (humility), wife of Kratu, and were 60,000 in number. They are able to fly swifter than birds.

The Rig-Veda says that they sprang from the hairs of Prajapati (Brahma).

They are the guards of the chariot of the sun.

They are also called Kharwas.

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