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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sandipani, SAndipani, Saandipani

Sāndīpani was a well-known ṛṣi who was running a gurukula[1] in Avantī, a sacred city of ancient India. He was the teacher of Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma. At the end of their training, he requested them to get back his dead son who had been drowned in the sea. They killed the demon Pañcajana who had abducted him and visited god Yama in whose world they found the boy.


  1. Gurukula is the forest academy.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore