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The story of Shukracharya receiving Sanjivani Vidya is found in Chapter 16 of the Kāśīkhaṇḍa of the Skanda Purāṇa. As per it, Shukracharya performed a very severe penance, by inhaling smoke of husked rice for a thousand years before he finally got the vidya from Lord Shiva: Kavi (Śukra) washed the great dirt of the mind in the form of fickleness by means of ...

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