Simhika

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Simhika. A female asura

(Visnu Purana, Amsa 1, Chapter 15, and Agni Purana Chapter 19).

Two sons named Hiranyakasipu and Hiranyaksa and a daughter named Simhika were born to Prajapati Kasyapa by his wife Diti.

Simhika was married by Vipracitti. Two sons named Rahu and Ketu were born to them. Because they were the sons of Simhika, they came to be known by the name Saimhikeyas.
(But it is stated in Mahabharata, Adi Parva, Chapter 65, that Simhika was the daughter of Prajapati Daksa and the wife of Kasyapa.)

A story occurs in Ramayana, that this Simhika caught hold of Hanuman by his shadow and swallowed him, while he was jumping to Lanka, and that Hanuman escaped from her. (See under Rama, para 27).

 

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