King Pandu shoots Kindama

Kindama (Sanskrit: किन्दम) is a rishi featured in the Hindu epic Mahabharata.[1]


Once, the sage and his wife were mating in the form of a deer and a doe. King Pandu of Hastinapura, who had been hunting there, shot them, mistaking them for deer, mortally injuring them. Enraged, Kindama assumed his true form, and berated the king for having killed him before he had finished the act of mating. Before dying, Kindama cursed Pandu that he would die the moment he touched his wife with the intention of making love.[2][3]


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  2. ^ Uberoi, Meera (1996). The Mahabharata. ISBN 9788170702313.
  3. ^ Pattanaik, Devdutt (2000). The goddess in India: the five faces of the eternal feminine. Rochester, Vt: Inner Traditions International. ISBN 9780892818075.