& ITS DERIVATION
to the version of Sthalagna - local guide, once Raibhya, a powerful sage lived
in a hermitage. He had a massive growth of locks that formed thick jatas, and he
sported them on his little head. One day, while the sage was returning from the
river' after ablutions in the Brahmamuhurt, when darkness was still folding its
sway, his son, Paravasu, who was on his way to the Ganges for bath then, hit
him, mistaking for a wild animal. Raibhya met with instant death.
expiation of the sin of pitruhatya, Paravasu performed Thomas with such
austerity and fervour that gods descended and questioned his purpose. He spelt
that it was all for his father's life, he performed hoina. Pleased, they granted
life to Raibhya. All were happy. The rishivatikas enjoyed beatitude again.