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GADĀDHARA - गदाधर

A synonym of Mahāviṣṇu. There is a place called Gayā to the north of Mount Kālañjara to the south of Himālayas, to the east of Kuśasthalī and to the west of Vasupura. Once a king called Gaya conducted at Gayā an Aśvamedha, a Naramedha (yajña at which man is offered as sacrifice) and a Mahāmedha and Mahāviṣṇu acted as gate-keeper of Gaya. As Viṣṇu stood guard there holding the gadā (club) in his hands he came to be known as Gadādhara also thenceforth. [Vāmana Purāṇa, Chapter 76].

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