By Swami Harshananda
A sage often mentioned in the Mahābhārata, Udaṅka had propitiated Viṣṇu through his tapas and had got some boons. Once Kṛṣṇa, after the Kurukṣetra war, came to his hermitage to pay his respects. Thinking that the war which had decimated many kṣattriya warriors, had been maneuvered by him, the sage tried to curse him. However, he soon realized, by the cosmic form exhibited by Kṛṣṇa, his mistake and sought boons from him.
Udaṅka, also known as Uttaṅka, was a disciple of the sage Gautama. While bidding goodbye to him after completing his studentship, Gautama asked him to get the earrings of Madayantī, the queen of the king Saudāsa, for his wife Ahalyā. Udaṅka got them after a great effort.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore