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King Hariscandra of Ayodhya was very famous for his commitment to truth and for keeping his promises. Victim of a great magician’s magical powers, Hariscan- dra represents all righteous persons who have suffered wrongly. Hariscandra lost his kingdom, his wife, and his only son, for the sake of keeping his word. For fur­ther details about the magician’s wrath, see the entry on Visivamitra. There was also another story about his father, Trisianku (three sins), who could not get into heaven but had a heaven made for himself between heaven and earth.
Finally, Hariscandra was blessed by the Trimurtis (the divine triad), was granted prosperity, and got back everything that he had lost.