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satvant Is the name of a people who are stated in the Aitareya Brāhmaṇa to belong to the south. In the śatapatha Brāhmaṇa the defeat by Bharata of the Satvants, and his taking away the horse which they had prepared for an Aśva­medha (‘horse sacrifice’), are referred to : this reference clearly shows that in another passage of the Aitareya Brāhmaṇa the text must be altered from satvanām to Satvatām, ‘of the Sat­vants,’ against whom it seems the Bharatas made regular raids. The name has also been found by the St. Petersburg Dictionary, Cowell, and Max Muller in the Kauṣītaki Upaniṣad, but it is certain6 that the reading there is not Satvan-Matsyesu, but sa-Vaśa-Matsyesu.

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