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Mudgala was a great sage performing austerities at Kurukṣetra. He was the father of Divodāsa<ref>Divodāsa was a king.</ref> and Ahalyā.<ref>Ahalyā means the wife of the sage Gautama.</ref> He was well-known for his hospitality to guests. He once rejected the offer of the gods to go to heaven since he was interested in mokṣa or liberation.
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Mudgala was a great sage performing austerities at Kurukṣetra. He was the father of [[Divodāsa]]<ref>[[Divodāsa]] was a king.</ref> and [[Ahalyā]].<ref>[[Ahalyā]] means the wife of the sage Gautama.</ref> He was well-known for his hospitality to guests. He once rejected the offer of the gods to go to heaven since he was interested in mokṣa or liberation.
  
He is said to have performed a great sacrifice near the bridge built by Śrī Rāma. Pleased with it Lord Viṣṇu created a big pond of milk of Kāmadhenu, the celestial cow to be used in his sacrifice. This pond called Kṣīratīrtha is near Rāmeśvaram. It is still visited by the pilgrims.
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He is said to have performed a great sacrifice near the bridge built by Śrī [[Rāma]]. Pleased with it Lord [[Viṣṇu]] created a big pond of milk of [[Kāmadhenu]], the celestial cow to be used in his sacrifice. This pond called Kṣīratīrtha is near [[Rāmeśvaram]]. It is still visited by the pilgrims.
  
Mudgala is the sage of the Ṛgvedic sukta.<ref>Ṛgvedic sukta 10.102</ref> It is mentioned there that his cows were once stolen. He yoked an old ox to his cart, followed the thieves and got back his cows after routing them with his drughaṇa.<ref>Drughaṇa means the wooden mace.</ref> His wife, Mudgalāni drove his cart or chariot, thus helping him in this venture.
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Mudgala is the sage of the Ṛgvedic [[sukta]].<ref>Ṛgvedic [[sukta]] 10.102</ref> It is mentioned there that his cows were once stolen. He yoked an old ox to his cart, followed the thieves and got back his cows after routing them with his drughaṇa.<ref>Drughaṇa means the wooden mace.</ref> His wife, Mudgalāni drove his cart or chariot, thus helping him in this venture.
  
  
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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Latest revision as of 13:20, 17 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Mudgala was a great sage performing austerities at Kurukṣetra. He was the father of Divodāsa[1] and Ahalyā.[2] He was well-known for his hospitality to guests. He once rejected the offer of the gods to go to heaven since he was interested in mokṣa or liberation.

He is said to have performed a great sacrifice near the bridge built by Śrī Rāma. Pleased with it Lord Viṣṇu created a big pond of milk of Kāmadhenu, the celestial cow to be used in his sacrifice. This pond called Kṣīratīrtha is near Rāmeśvaram. It is still visited by the pilgrims.

Mudgala is the sage of the Ṛgvedic sukta.[3] It is mentioned there that his cows were once stolen. He yoked an old ox to his cart, followed the thieves and got back his cows after routing them with his drughaṇa.[4] His wife, Mudgalāni drove his cart or chariot, thus helping him in this venture.


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  1. Divodāsa was a king.
  2. Ahalyā means the wife of the sage Gautama.
  3. Ṛgvedic sukta 10.102
  4. Drughaṇa means the wooden mace.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore