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I. p. 193, &c. Several festivals in honour of this god are held annually, at which times the greatest licentiousness prevails among all ranks. A great proportion of the Hindoo population in Bengal are devoted to Krishnii11. His intrigues with the k This goddess, it is said, was dug out of the ground by king Junukii, when he was ploughing his field. A boy who was ploughed up out of the ground among the Tuscans, gave rise to the order of Roman priests, whose business it was to divine from appearances in the annual sacrifice.

She resembles Minerva also as a goddess difficult of access, which is one signification of the name Doorga. Sir W. Jones says, ' As the mountain-born goddess, or Parvutee, she has many properties of the Olympian Juno: her majestic deportment, high spirit, and general attributes arethe same; and we find her both on Mount Koilasii, and at the banquets of the deities, uniformly the companion of her husband. ' The image of Doorga is that of a yellow female with ten arms, sitting on a lion. The weapons she wields, the trident, the scimitar, the discus, the arrow, the spear, the club, the bow, the serpentweapon, the hook for guiding an elephant, and the axe, are to point out, that with these ten arms and weapons she protects the ten points.

The shalgramu, a stone, is a form of Vishnoo. During four months of the year, all the forms of this god are laid to sleep. From the agreement of this fact with what is said of Horus, Mr. Paterson gathers a resemblance betwixt Vislinoo and Horus, and supposes that the Hindoos derived their system from the Egyptian: he conjectures, also, that the fable of Vishnoo's lying down to sleep, turning to one side, and rising, refer to the increase, the greatest rise, and the retiring of the waters-of the Ganges, the Indian Nile.

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