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Mahendra, "Great Indra," in Hinduism this name is applied to Indra, Vishnu, and Shiva. Offering to Mahandra are believed to bring victory in conflict, and are for that reason restricted to leaders such as brahmans and ksatriyas. A.G.H.


Bowker, John, The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, New York, Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 603