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King Pandu shoots Kindama

In the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Kindama (Sanskrit: किन्दम) is a rishi who lived in the woods. Kindama was a very literate person. Once he and his wife romancing in the form of a deer and a doe. King Pandu of Hastinapur, who had been hunting there, shot them mistaking them for deer, seriously injuring them. Enraged Kindama (still in deer form) berated the king for having killed him before he had finished the act of copulation. Before dying, Kindama cursed Pandu that he would die the moment he made love to any woman.[1][2]


  1. Uberoi, Meera. The Mahabharata. ISBN 9788170702313.
  2. Pattanaik, Devdutt (2000). The goddess in India: the five faces of the eternal feminine. Rochester, Vt: Inner Traditions International. ISBN 9780892818075.