Son of Varuna, the Lord of the waters.

Varuna wanted to perform a fire sacrifice and needed sages well-versed in the Veda. Bandi organized debates and drowned the losers, one was Kahoda, Ashtavakra’s father.

Ashtavakra defeated Bandi and demanded that Bandi be drowned as well. But the fire offering was over. All sages emerged from the water.

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