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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kauthumi (कौथुमि).—Son of a Brahmin named Hiraṇyanābha. Once this Brahmin youth went to the hermitage of King Janaka and entered into a controversy with the Brahmins there. In the argument Kauthumi became angry and killed a Brahmin. From that day he became a leper. The sin of Brahmahatyā (murder of Brahmin) also followed him. Finally according to the advice of his father he worshipped the sun God, with Śrāvyasaṃjñakasūkta (a spell or incantation) and by the blessing of the Sun God he got deliverance from the sin of Brahmahatyā and the disease of leprosy. (Bhaviṣya Purāṇa, Brāhma Parva).

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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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