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Temples & Legends of Bengal
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KAPILMUNI

Ganga Sagar is regarded as a peculiarly sacred spot hallowed by the memory of great legend.  This finds place in the Puranas, Ramayan and Mahabharat. The legend is as follows:

"Sagar, King of Oudh, the thirteenth ancestor of Rama, had performed the Ashwamedha Yajna, or horse-sacrifice,
ninety nine times. This ceremonyconsisted in sending a horse round the Indian world, with defiance to all the earth to arrest its progress. 

If the horse returned unopposed, it was understood to be acquiescence in the supremacy of the lenger, and the animal was then solemnly sacrificed to the gods.  When king Sagar made preparations for the hundredth sacrifice, Indra, King of Heaven, who had himself performed the ceremony a hundred times, jealous of being displaced by this new rival, stole the horse, and concealed it in a subterranean cell, where the saga Kapila, or Kapilmuni, was absorbed in meditation, dead to all occurrences of the external world. 

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