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Sukra

by Prasad Krishna
Preceptor and priest of Daityas. He protects the Daityas from enemies by his recitation of magical formulae, just as Brihaspati does for the Devas (gods). He knows the Mritasanjeevani-vidya (magical formula by which the dead can made alive). On one occasion, he had to leak this vidya to one Kacha, son of Brihaspati. He became one-eyed during a Yajna (religious ceremony) performed by Bali. He is the planet-god of Venus.

Other names: Kaavya (son of Kavi);
Bhargava (one born in Bhrigu's lineage);
Daitya-guru (preceptor of Daityas).


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