An illustrions king of the Solar dynasty; an ancestor of Sri Rama. Though renowned for his
volour, Dileepa tended the celestial cow Nandini like a cowherd. In an ultimate act of
piety, he offered himself as food to a lion to protect Nandini, and thus proved his
worthiness in a test posed by Nandini herself. After covering himself with glory, he gave up
the kingdom and spent his last years in meditation in forest, setting a noble ideal.
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