Kistnerappan

The Indian watergod. Persons at the point of death are sometimes carried into the Ganges, and sometimes to its banks, that Kistnerappan may purify them from all defilement before they die. Others have a little water poured into the palms of their hands with the same object.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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