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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Dharmasva (धर्मस्व).—A Brahmin. Once this Brahmin was coming home with water from the Gaṇges. On the way he saw Kāpakalpa, the servant of merchant Ratnākara, being killed by an ox. Though Kāpakalpa was a sinner, his end aroused pity in the heart of the Brahmin. So he sprinkled the Ganges-water on the body of Kāpakalpa, who instantly regained life and energy. The Brahmin who saw the power of Ganges-water began to worship the Ganges from that day onwards. It is mentioned in Padma Purāṇa, Kriyā Khaṇḍa, Chapter 7, that finally the Brahmin got a boon from the Ganges that only uttering the name of the Ganges should he meet with death.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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