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(Buddhist Demon)MARA

Buddhist demon of death. Actually Mara is death and he knew if Buddha achieved enlightenment he would be out of a job.

Mara crept up on Buddha, deep in meditation under the sacred tree at Bodh Gaya, and tried to tempt him with delicious and devilish things.

He sent his three daughters who jigged and gesticulated for all they were worth to no avail, then summoned an army of devils but their arms were magically bound to their sides whenever they tried to attack.

As a last resort Mara flung his ultimate weapon - a mountain slicing disc - and as it turned into a flowery garland that gently draped itself around Buddha's shoulders the demon knew he was ruined.
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'MARA' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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