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K̲h̲wād̲j̲a K̲h̲iḍr
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(or k̲h̲izr in India), is in many part of India identified with a river-god or spirit of wells and streams. He is mentioned in the Sikandar-nāma as the saint who presided over the well of immortality. The name was naturalised in India, and Hindus as well as Muslims reverence him; it is sometimes converted by Hindus into Rād̲j̲a Ḳidār. On the Indus the saint is often identified with the river, and he is sometimes to be seen as an old man clothed in green. A man who escapes drowning is spoken of as evading K̲h̲wād̲j̲a K̲h̲izr (Temple, Legends of the Panjāb , i, 221). In a poem by a Balūč regardi…

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Longworth Dames, M., “K̲h̲wād̲j̲a K̲h̲iḍr”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4126>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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