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KAHOḌA (KAHOḌAKA--KHAGODAKA) - कहोड

A sage the disciple and son-in-law of Uddālaka. He was the father of the sage Aṣṭāvakra. Uddālaka had another name “Śvetaketu”. He was a sage who had personally seen and talked to the goddess Sarasvatī. It was at that time that Kahoḍaka became his disciple. Kahoḍaka who was of a gentle nature served his preceptor for a long time and won his favour. He was immensely pleased and after teaching the necessary things gave his daughter Sujātā in marriage to Kahoḍaka. In due course, Sujātā became pregnant. One day, the child in the womb cried out that there was a mistake in his father's recitation of the Vedas. Kahoḍaka was displeased at this. He cursed the child that he would be born with a body having eight bends (curves). So the boy was named “Aṣṭāvakra” (one who has eight bends). Sujātā who was poor, once sent Kahoḍaka to King Janaka for some money. Kahoḍaka who was defeated in a disputation was immersed in water. Aṣṭāvakra rescued his father. (See under Aṣṭāvakra).

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