Bīrūnī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad, Alberuni's India (v. 1)

(London :  Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.,  1910.)



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ruler, wanted to kill the child, but she flew up into
the air and disappeared.

Vasudeva grew up under the care of his foster-
mother Yasod^ without her knowing that he had been
exchanged for her daughter, but Karhsa got some ink¬
ling of the matter. Now he tried to get the child into
his power by cunning plans, but all of them turned out
against him. Lastly, Karhsa demanded from his parents
that they should send him (Vasudeva) to wrestle in_his
(Kahisa's) presence. Now Vasudeva began to behave
overbearingly towards everybody. On the road he had
already roused the wrath of his aunt by hurting a
serpent which had been appointed to watch over the
lotus flowers of a pond, for he had drawn a cord through
its nostrils like a bridle. Further, he had killed his
fuller, because the latter had refused to lend him clothes
for the wrestling. He had robbed the girl who accom-
Page2oi. panied him of the sandal-wood with which she was
ordered to anoint the wrestlers. Lastly, he had killed
the rutting elephant which was provided for the pur¬
pose of killing him before the door of Karhsa. All this
heightened the wrath of Kaihsa to such a degree, that
his bile burst, and he died on the spot. Then Vasu¬
deva, his sister's son, ruled in his stead.
The names Vasudcva has a special name in each month. His
^ithe^differ*^ followcrs begin the months with Margasirsha, and each
month they begin with the eleventh day, because on
this day Vasudeva appeared.

-   The following table contains the names of Vasudeva
in the months :—

ent months
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