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  • Father of Akrūra. Vṛṣṇi, a Yādava King had two sons Śvaphalka and Citraka. It was divinely ordained that there would not be epidemics and drought in the place where Śvaphalka lived. Once there was no rain for a period of three years in the land of the King of Kāśī. So the King of Kāśī took Śvaphalka with him to his country. With his arrival there was rainfall in the land and the King who was pleased at it gave his daughter Gāndinī in marriage to Śvaphalka. There is a story about the birth of Gāndinī also. Gāndinī remained in her mother's womb for many years. At last the King of Kāśī called to the child in the womb and said, “Take birth at once; why do you remain there so long?” The child replied, “I shall come out if you allow me to offer a cow as gift every day.” The King allowed it and the child was born. She was named “Gāndinī.” She used to offer the gift of cows to Brāhmaṇas daily. After she married Śvaphalka, several sons including Akrūra were born to her, [Harivaṁśa, Chapter 34, Bhāgavata, 10th Skandha]. 

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