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In Hinduism, Kama is the god of love and a son of Lakshmi. He is a young, winged man who uses a bow and arrows. He is called Kama Ananga ("Kama the bodiless") as well. Kama's body was destroyed when he fired his weapon at Shiva in order to disrupt his meditations. Shiva then opened his third eye, the gaze of which was so powerful that Kama's body was reduced to ashes. For the sake of Kama's wife Rati (passion), Shiva restored him, but only as a mental image.

Alternative: Chama, Cama

Relative: Mara

The Kama River[?] is a tributary of the Volga, in Russia.

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