Vishvamitra

Buddhist - A sage, teacher of Shakyamuni. Occasionally identified as Vishvamitra, Visvamitra, Visvamitra, Vishvamitra, Viswamitra, Viswamitra or Vishvamitra.
Hindu - A sage. One of the Seven Rishis. Son of Gadhi. Father of Shakuntala by Menaka. He was once seduced by a nymph, Menaka, who bore a daughter named Shakuntala, and also by the nymph Rambha, and then did penance, living as an ascetic for 100 years in the Himalayas. He caused a demon to possess Kalmashapada so that he ate the 100 sons of Vashishtha, his great rival. He was involved in a feud with Vashishtha (or Kamadhenu) over the ownership of the cow Nandini which he had tried to steal. In the battle over the cow, he was defeated and his 100 sons were killed by the fiery glance of Vashishtha with whom he was finally reconciled. Occasionally referred to as Vishvamitra, Visvamitra, Visvamitra, Vishvamitra, Viswamitra, Viswamitra or Vishvamitra.

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