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Kali (demon)

In Hinduism, Kali (Devanāgari: कलि, IAST: ', with both vowels short; from a root ', "suffer, hurt, startle, confuse") is the reigning lord of Kali Yug and archenemy of Kalki, the 10th and final Avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu. In the Kalki Purana, he is portrayed as a demon and the source of all evil. In the Mahabharata, he was a Gandharva who possessed Nala, forcing him to lose his Kingdom in a game of dice to his brother Pushkara. His most famous incarnation is Duryodhan, the oldest of the 100 Kaurava brothers. Kali is similar to the demon Kroni and his incarnation Kaliyan of Ayyavazhi mythology.

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