Dambhodbhava In the Hindu epic poem The Mahabharata, a king who was punished for his pride. Dambhodbhava had an overweening conceit about his own powers. He was told, however, by his priests that he was no match for two sages, Nara and Narayana, who were living as ascetics on the Gandha-madana Mountain. Puffed up with pride, the king went with his army and challenged Nara and Narayana. Nara at first tried to dissuade Dambhodbhava, but the king insisted
on fighting. Nara then took a handful of straws and, using them as missiles, sent them through the air, penetrating the eyes, ears, and noses of the king’s army. Defeated, Dambhodbhava fell at Nara’s feet and begged him for peace.


Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante