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Kakshivat is young poet and Vedic sage who composed Vedic verses. He was the son of Dirghatamas and Usij. In the Indian mythology he is renowned for composing various hymns and songs in the Rig-Veda.
He was also called Pajriya, because he was of the race of Pajra, which means strong. In one of his hymns he praises the liberality of King Swanaya.
Kakshivat, having finished his course of study, took leave of his preceptor and departed homewards. As he journeyed night came on, and he fell asleep by the roadside. In the morning he was awaken by Raja Swanaya, who, being pleased with his appearance, treated him cordially and took him home. After discovering Kakshivat's worthiness, gave his ten daughters in marriage. The king presented Kakshivat at the same time with a hundred nishkas of gold, a hundred horses, a hundred bulls, a thousand and sixty cows, and eleven chariots, one for each of his ten wives, and one for himself, each drawn by four horses. In return Kakshivat praise King Swanaya in a Vedic hymn composed by his enthusiastic son-in-law.
Kakshivat was a worshipper of the Asvins, who bestowed on him wisdom, and caused a hundred jars of wine and honeyed liquor to flow forth from the hoof of their horse as from a sieve.
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