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VIPAS, VIPASA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] The river Byas, the Hyphasis or Bibasis of the classical writers. A legend relates that it obtained its name through the sage Vasishtha, who, wishing to commit suicide, bound his limbs with cords and threw himself into the water. The river, declining to drown him, cast him unbound (vipasa) on its bank.

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